Category Archives: Barack Obama

NYC’s Bloomberg endorses Obama, citing climate change

In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, and he announced that he was endorsing President Obama.    Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in this third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 37 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage. Read this article for the whole story, as it stands at this hour. Oh, and stop the press!

No talk about climate and guns in presidential talkfests

So, one of the biggest factors ever in the world of conservation goes on without any bluster at all from presidential wannabe Mitt Romney and already-President Barack Obama. This article has the numbers that support the headline above. So, in any case, vote Romney for dog catcher and give Paul Ryan a big boost to becoming the municipal sanitary engineer.

Debate ends abruptly as the prez’s punch lands

It’s rich satire from Andy Borowitz at this link. Go for it.

Fat cat urged to bankroll anti-Obama hatefest

Here’s another cut-to-the-chase column from Carl Hiaasen in Florida (a novelist who also writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald). The fat cat is a billionaire, and the suggestion that he bankroll a smear campaign in the media is closely akin to the Swift Boating eight years ago of Sen. John Kerry.

America’s outdoor heritage and the economy

These words are posted on the White House’s Web site right now. The president, of course, is right on the mark.

Debate on Everglades drilling revived by Bachmann

Ms. Congresswoman may be a rocket scientist in other areas of public debate, but she is lost in Outer Space when it comes to the Everglades (or any other national park unit). Maybe she’s on her way to Mars now, in hopes of determining that planet’s suitability for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Barletta laughs at constituents who challenge Big Oil subsidies

And this guy, former mayor of the old anthracite coal town, Hazleton, Pa., represents the district in which I live. Whatta guy. Read about his sense of humor in this snippet.Meanwhile, the birthers’ favorite, President Obama, singles out Big Oil in these comments.

Obama gets B-plus from League of Conservation Voters

Read about it here. Sure, the president could be doing more, but look at the mess he inherited from Dubya the trickster.

Obama restores Endangered Species Act

Good, solid evidence here that the president respects science and doing the right thing, not what a rich campaign contributor might want. And listen to the president speak at the Interior Department.

Obama says no to Bush’s EPA action

A heads-up here from an ornithological listserve:

Obama administration to overturn the 11th hour Bush administration rule allowing “action agencies” to determine if they need to consult with the USFWS regarding the potential impact of their proposed actions or decisions on endangered species.

And here’s the president’s memorandum to agencies:

For Immediate Release March 3, 2009
March 3, 2009
SUBJECT: The Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., reflects one of the Nation’s profound commitments. Pursuant to that Act, the Federal Government has long required a process of broad interagency consultation to ensure the application of scientific and technical expertise to decisions that may affect threatened or endangered species. Under that interagency process, executive departments and agencies (agencies) contemplating an action that may affect endangered or threatened species have long been required, except in certain limited circumstances, to consult with, and in some circumstances obtain the prior written concurrence of, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) — the expert agencies that have the primary responsibility to ensure that the ESA is implemented in accordance with the law.
On December 16, 2008, the Departments of the Interior and Commerce issued a joint regulation that modified these longstanding requirements. See 73 Fed. Reg. 76272. This new regulation expands the circumstances in which an agency may determine not to consult with, or obtain the written concurrence of, the FWS or NMFS prior to undertaking an action that may affect threatened or endangered species. But under the new regulation, agencies may continue the previous practice of consulting with, and obtaining the written concurrence of, the FWS and NMFS as a matter of discretion.
I hereby request the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to review the regulation issued on December 16, 2008, and to determine whether to undertake new rulemaking procedures with respect to consultative and concurrence processes that will promote the purposes of the ESA.
Until such review is completed, I request the heads of all agencies to exercise their discretion, under the new regulation, to follow the prior longstanding consultation and concurrence practices involving the FWS and NMFS.
This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. Agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with statutory authorities.
The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.