America's Changing Stance on Global Warming

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore pauses as he speaks to an audience during an event at New York University in August 2003. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore pauses as he speaks to an audience during an event at New York University in August 2003. (Getty Images)

For as long as we can remember, America has been leading the charge against global warming. Al Gore was traveling the country laying out the case for fewer emissions and Barack Obama was promising a new chapter in the fight against climate change. 

But at yesterday's Rio+20 Earth Summit, the President was conspicuously absent. And with the world economy taking up all the front pages, global warming has taken a back seat. Following this trend is Andrew Revkin, environmental reporter for our partner the New York Times and author of the Dot Earth blog. Paulo Cabral, BBC Brazil reporter, is at the Rio+20 Summit.


Paulo Cabral and Andrew Revkin

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez

Comments [2]

Jakob Reynolds from Lubbock, TX

As the leader of the free world (and the globe's top consumer of energy and top polluter), President Obama needs to be spearheading the United States' movement to make the transition to renewable energies, which means at least making an appearance at summits such as Rio+20. It seems that everyone has gotten so caught up in worrying about the economy and jobs that nobody has thought to stop and think that green energy, despite what the oil industry's puppets in Congress will tell you, has the potential to bring the US out of the recession and provide Americans with hundreds of thousands of lasting jobs. President Obama needs to fulfill the promises he made in 2008 to his constituents and the world and put the US on track to setting a global standard in renewable energy. We have the technology; We just need to use it.

Jun. 21 2012 07:13 PM

The Earth Summit is considered a dud because the "one percent" are not flying massive polluting jets from around the world with a caravan of SUVs to Rio to discuss in a luxury setting in the party capitol of the world the "settled science" of climate change?

Isn't avoiding the global foot print worth the lack of attention and donations from cash strapped governments?

Jun. 21 2012 07:55 AM

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