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Climate Change On The Agenda

President Barack Obama was named as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012 recently, and was interviewed by the publication on a variety of issues as part of its article on the person of the year.

In the interview, the president said the economy, immigration, climate change and energy would be at the top of his agenda for his second term.

Now, being on the agenda and moving toward progressive policies are two different things, but it can be assumed the president will feel more comfortable aggressively pursuing progressive ideology.

However, the economy and immigration will likely be the prominent issues which will be addressed first in Obama’s second term, but hope for action against climate change is not lost.

Mobilization to combat climate change has generally come from the younger generations, viewing the issue not as a fiscal or foreign affairs matter, but rather as a moral and ethical obligation to the future to take whatever action necessary to mitigate the effects of a changing climate.

Obama said his daughters have influenced his thinking about the need to tackle climate change. “[O]n an issue like climate change, for example, I think for this country and the world to ask some very tough questions about what are we leaving behind, that weighs on you. And not to mention the fact I think that this generation is much more environmentally aware than previous generations,” he told TIME.

It’s all well and good that the president has commented on the necessity for action pertaining to climate change, but the interview continues a trend of the president making large-scale comments without smaller-scale plans or ideas.

There have been limited details of his climate change agenda, with the focus of his administration being more on energy, but it can be expected that details will be revealed soon.

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