Why would Obama stick to climate change, when the issue was such a muddled mess in his first term? Although global warming has been on the political radar for nearly forty years, neither Democratic nor Republican administrations have made much headway.
There are political reasons for President Obama to ratchet up climate change that have to do with 2014. Clearly, Congress will do nothing on climate change until control of the House reverts to Democrats.
While it is a spectacle to watch the GOP spin itself into broken parts over global warming, it is not a pleasing spectacle to many voters who may be inclined to vote Republican.
The evidence of climate change is all around us. Moreover, a majority of Americans are uninfluenced, in their views on climate change, by the right wing, radical destruction machine like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
Climate change will leverage American voters to return control of the House to Democrats in 2014. If the GOP were wise, it would launch a thorough and disciplined economic review of the best strategies to reform energy production and consumption. But that would put the radical right cross-ways to its main funders: polluting industries and the fossil fuel lobby.
There is an existential threat in climate change. But the existential threat will materialize, first, through the morbid rigidity of the GOP on environmental protection measures. Whether the Democrats will prove more resilient depends, because the Democrats are prone to herd behavior, favoring sustainable energy "insiders" instead of a rational analysis of strategies and tactics. Time will tell ...