Obama Ends His Climate Silence

Although Barack Obama sprinkles his speeches with mentions of energy and climate, throughout his re-election campaign he remained stubbornly silent on the immediate and profound task of phasing out a carbon-based economy. "His failure to connect the dots and do the math imperils our nation and prevents the development of a national and global plan to respond to the most urgent challenge of our era. It's time for his climate silence to end," the Climate Silence campaign wrote.

On June 25, 2013, President Obama ended his climate silence with a major speech on climate change that connected the dots between carbon pollution and extreme weather disasters. Unfortunately, his plan still does not do the math on the reality of climate change.

The graph below depicts select major statements related to climate change by President Obama dating back to the 2008 presidential campaign. Please view the data page for a comprehensive list of his statements and our methodology.

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Says Climate Change Poses Real Threat To Future Generations

Admits Warming But Questions Consensus

Attacks 'Al Gore' Climate Mandates

Promises To Address The Most Urgent Challenge Of Our Era And Phase Out Carbon-Based Economy

Cites His Uncertainty To Support Action On Greenhouse Gases

Asks Congress For Cap On Carbon Pollution

Announces Fuel Efficiency Standards, Says Oil Has Wreaked Havoc On Climate

Criticizes Cap And Trade

Asks Congress For 'Clean Energy' Bill

In Book, Says Scientific Consensus Could Be Wrong

Announces New Offshore Drilling While Warning Of Climate Impacts

At Solar Factory, Says We Already See Climate Impacts

Avoiding Climate Change, Asks Congress To Reduce Oil Subsidies

Says It's Important To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Cites His Uncertainty About Climate Change To Oppose Action

Doesn't Mention Climate Change In Address On Hurricane Irene

Opposes Regulation Of CO2 Because He Exhales It

Blames Congress For Inaction On Climate Change

In Speech On Gas Prices, Avoids Climate Change And Promotes Drilling

Mocks Obama's Pledge To Fight Climate Change

Says Climate Change Is Not A Hoax, Promotes Century Of Drilling

Lies About Green Energy In First Debate

No Mention Of Climate In First Debate

Questions Influence Of Climate Change On Sandy

Promises To 'Respond To The Threat Of Climate Change'

Directs EPA To Limit Pollution From Power Plants

Climate Silence on Sandy Anniversary

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