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With Obama's second inauguration less than 24 hours away, many are asking what the 44th President plans to do with his second term. There's no shortage of things on his to-do list: the current economic situation, foreign policy and troops abroad, and then, of course, there's the issue of our nation's most recent oil and gas boom.
“Here’s the reality check for the green movement: Obama has proposed no new strategy on climate,” writes Politico's Andrew Restuccia, who questions how much American fracking will change over the next four years.
While alternative energy has been able to garner a large portion of President Obama's attention, drilling and its controversies have struggled to do so. Yet, activists are still holding out hope that tomorrow's innaugural speech will reference drilling and the whirlwind of issues surrounding it.
It seems that many scientists have sided with the activists, recently pointing to our closing window of opportunity to save the planet. “It is crucial that he effectively communicates on climate in one or both of those speeches,” Joe Romm, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress who worked in the Energy Department during the Clinton administration, told Politico.
With the departure of many key players from his energy and environment team, President Obama has what many consider a golden opportunity to take a stronger stance on climate change. Although scientists have lauded his effort to protect the environment during his previous term, the pressure is on for a more public climate change campaign, analysts say.
In other news, the newly inaugurated President will be hosting an Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball Monday night, a separate event that comes in the wake of Sunday's Environmental and Clean Energy Green Ball.
Obama's Inaugural Ball who's-who will include Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Mabus, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Obama climate adviser Heather Zichal, Deputy EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren; the Green Ball will feature Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Angus King (I-Me.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).