350.org Executive Director May Boeve released the following response to tonight’s State of the Union from President Obama:
“President Obama says he recognizes the threat of climate change, but he sure doesn’t act like it. If he was serious, he’d reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and stop promoting fossil fuels like natural gas. Fracking isn’t a solution, it’s a disaster for communities and the climate.
You can’t say you care about ending cancer and then go buy a carton of cigarettes–and you can’t say you care about the climate and then go dig up more fossil fuels. We need real leadership from this President, not more lip service. Rejecting Keystone XL would be the perfect place to start.”
350.org founder Bill McKibben added:
“An all of the above energy strategy is exactly as sensible as an all of the above foreign policy–I kept waiting for the part of the speech where he’d explain why North Korea and England should be treated the same. If he actually took climate change seriously, he’d understand that more oil means higher temperatures–that’s just how physics works.”