The recent COP26 summit in Glasgow brought about a renewed sense of urgency for the fight against climate change. Former President Barack Obama’s speech at the summit was both inspiring and thought-provoking, touching on the science of climate change, politics, culture and morality.
Although it is admirable that Obama is eager to tackle such an urgent matter, his proposed solutions leave a lot to be desired – especially from a conservative-leaning perspective. In order to best address this “crisis,” as he put it, Obama suggested giving Democrats even more power than they currently have, claiming it would be beneficial. This suggestion has left many conservatives feeling uneasy and rightly so – what exactly does Obama mean by “more power?”
It seems as though Obama wants to target an increasingly misinformed and uneducated youth by keeping climate change at the forefront of radical leftist agenda. What does this mean for those who are not politically-inclined? It likely means being forced into participating in dubious “green” initiatives that may or may not actually do anything to benefit the environment.
Further troubling is his proposal to reward activists with Green New Deal freebies such as Joe Biden’s $3 trillion socialist spending bill which includes building 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations among other things. This type of governance through bribery only serves to further polarize our nation along political lines and does nothing to benefit those who are genuinely concerned about the environment and its future.
The fact is that there are better ways to combat climate change without having to resort to politicizing or pandering tactics. Through innovation and education we can help create lasting solutions that will enable us to take meaningful steps towards combating climate change while still respecting individual liberties and personal choice. We mustn’t let ourselves fall prey to empty promises made by politicians with ulterior motives; when it comes down to it, we all want the same thing: sustainable solutions for our planet’s future.