Obama Made ‘Big Mistake’ on Climate Bill, Turner Says - Bloomberg
U.S. President Barack Obama made a “big mistake” in pushing health-care legislation before climate change, billionaire Ted Turner said today.Freezing temperatures return for Gainesville | Gainesville.com
“We would have an energy climate change bill in the United States if President Obama had made that his top priority and brought that to the American people and Congress first rather than the health-care bill,” Turner, founder of Time Warner Inc.’s CNN, said today at a conference in Cancun, Mexico. “But he didn’t, and I think it was a big mistake.”
“The climate bill is much more important than health care because the climate situation is about life and death whereas the health-care bill was much more limited,” Turner, 72, said.
Turner, who also spoke in Cancun yesterday, said more needs to be done to raise public awareness of the threat.
“We have to convince the majority of people in the world that we are right and get them motivated,” he said. “That’s a big job, but hopefully we can do it.”
Turned noted humans only began burning the fossil fuels linked to climate change about 200 years ago. “Now we are being asked to completely change our energy system in a quick period of time,” he said. “It’s hard for us. It’s something we really have to do if we want to survive.”
A record low temperature for Wednesday of 24 degrees in 1959 could be broken.AP Reporters Try to Breathe Life Into Moribund UN Cancun Climate Conference | NewsBusters.org
News consumers would probably have been better off if Max and Hanley really had spent their time at Cancun's beaches all week. At least we'd have been spared the pretense packaged as objective reporting.