I can only relish Obama's climate change talk in the context of his arrival to the end of his POTUS-ness. Not to mention the sword of Damocles of it potentially all coming undone when an under-minded and small-handed Donald Drumpf potentially wins. God help us all. So even though Obama has done amazing work and joined the Paris Agreement which I've waited my whole enviro(ish) life to see....I just need to take just a beat, just a few short minutes, to point out how absurdly long it took President Obama to get here and finally give this interview to the NY Times on climate. Seems only fair to have one little blog posted into the interwebs abyss after waiting 66,912 hours. 4,147,320 minutes. You get the idea.
Because yes. Obviously. Absolutely. He said the things I've longed and ached to hear from POTUS about this issue. That climate change is terrifying and hearing about it in briefings both depresses people in his Administration and spurs them into action. That what makes it difficult is the fact it's not an "instantaneous catastrophic event" but "a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see." That it's the greatest long-term threat facing the world, one that could lead to massive refugee crises (multiple!) and political instability unseen in our lifetimes. Welcome to me circa 2002 when I first started looking at these charts and trends. I mean for reals. Seriously. I still remember experiencing heart-racing panic in my environmental studies classes. Actual to-my-bone-marrow, all-out PANIC that this was happening and people were still going about their daily lives in trucks and SUVs, leaving their lights on and letting the A/C or heat out. Didn't they KNOW? I remember thinking how panicked they would be too if only they had the same information I did...that any person with even a bit of common sense would be equally freaked out. If only I could snap them out of it we could get down to doing some real change. But alas, I would fail for many years due to a well-funded counter-opinion war by oil companies. Really "great corporate citizens" who hired literally the same guy that worked for tobacco companies trying to sway opinions that smoking didn't cause cancer to also combat opinions that climate change isn't real and we're not the cause. No, I'm not kidding.
So it's rewarding to hear my inner dialogue, the one based upon facts and reason and logic...and you know...SCIENCE...coming out of the lips of the person sitting in the most important job in the country and arguably around the globe. That's a great and wonderful and amazing thing, and my environmentalish philosophy is to celebrate the good...so I'm celebrating it. I promise. But 2788 days into his Presidency, I also have to ask just this once, why did it take this obscenely long?