Predictably, the president's Climate Action Plan has taken a lot of heat -- both for being too modest and too overbearing. But something is lost in framing the debate that way. More important is whether any plan will achieve actual results.
While there are few quantitative estimates of the proportion of childhood morbidity and mortality due to human-induced climate change, there is scientific agreement that both direct and indirect effects of climate change have already taken a significant toll on children.
The window of opportunity only shrinks. Now would be the time for the so-called Democratic base to signal -- via active constituency -- that we've got Barack's back. I'll call my congressional delegation if you call yours.
The introduction to the voluminous report is framed as a letter to the American people that tells an alarming story about the changing American climate and the impacts that we see and sense almost every day.
What we are experiencing is a crisis of imagination, struggling with immense fears to let go of the way we have done things on earth until now, to embrace the vast unknown of those new models of living that are the only sustainable ways forward.
What if, back in 2009, Obama had followed in President Kennedy's footsteps and made a moonshot speech about the climate, pledging to make the US the world's first carbon-neutral country within ten years? What if he did that right now?
Given the vast network of domestic constituencies and economic as well as environmental issues it raises, climate change is the most complicated but surely the most consequential of issues on the president's multilateral agenda.