As most greens know, Obama is keeping a dirty little secret from the American public. It's called (whisper now) "climate change". But it wasn't always a secret ...
It was okay to talk about climate change in public three years ago, because the fruits of a fossil fuel industry-led effort to convince the public that our greenhouse gas pollution wasn't a problem hadn't yet come to bear. Conservative media organizations, rightwing pundits, and Tea Partying presidential candidates weren't yet claiming in unison that the whole thing was a hoax.
At some point, Obama decided that it wasn't worth appealing to a little thing called science to contradict his vociferous foes, so he started trying to address climate change without talking about it. He did stuff like increase the emissions standards on cars, and (slowly) mobilize his EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But by and large, the thing he claimed he was trying to solve disappeared from the public discourse.
However, the topic recently surfaced at a recent press conference ... with children. Here's what he told an adorable kid reporter (via Joe Romm):
Another big challenge that your generation is going to face is the environmental challenge. Although we've made big improvements over the last 20 or 30 years in making our air clean and our water clean, there are some big challenges around climate change. The temperature of the planet is getting warmer because of the pollution that we're sending up into the air, the carbon that we're releasing. That's causing changing weather patterns. In places like Florida you may be more vulnerable to hurricanes, in other areas we've seen more drought. It's affecting people all around the world.Obama probably felt safe chatting with the 8 year-olds, because everyone knows you can count on kids to keep secrets. But the irony shouldn't be overlooked: The president of the United States just discussed one of the preeminent threats to our national security in greater depth and detail with first-graders than he has with the American public in years.
So we've got to get started trying to deal with this issue and we've got to make sure that your generation finds better ways to use energy more efficiently so we're not sending out as much pollution into the air. So that's going to be something that we're really going to have to focus on.