Obama at Yosemite pays ‘lip service’ to natural beauty amid climate inaction | US news | The Guardian

GR.–Lip service indeed.  It’s easy to accuse others of “lip service” now that he’s leaving office.  Obama’s administration supported fossil fuels with permits and subsidies, didn’t say no to the tar-sands pipeline until oil prices fell, and urged fracking, through his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  Notice that he doesn’t mention that the biggest oil companies also funded and continue to fund groups questioning climate change.  Such a disappointment.

Barack Obama speaks about the National Park Service at Yosemite national park in California. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Oliver Milman.–

  • President extols national parks on visit to Yosemite
  • Obama says climate change ‘no longer a threat, it’s a reality’
  • Biggest US coal company funded groups questioning climate change

“Barack Obama warned on Saturday that climate change could ravage many of America’s vaunted national parks, criticizing political opponents who “pay lip service” to areas of natural beauty while opposing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“During a visit to Yosemite national park, Obama said climate change was “no longer a threat, it’s a reality”. The first sitting president to visit Yosemite since John F Kennedy in 1962 said the famed glacial valley was already experiencing changes due to rising temperatures.

“Here in Yosemite, meadows are drying up, bird ranges are shifting farther northward, mammals are being forced further upslope,” Obama said. “Yosemite’s famous glacier, once a mile wide, is almost gone. We are also facing longer, more expensive wildfire seasons.

“Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers in Glacier national park, no more Joshua trees in Joshua Tree national park. Rising seas can destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades and at some point could even threaten icons like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. That’s not the America I want to pass on to the next generation.”  Continue reading:  Obama at Yosemite attacks ‘lip service’ to natural beauty amid climate inaction | US news | The Guardian

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