Last year’s address had a focus on energy but scant mention of climate change. | AP Photo
By ANDREW RESTUCCIA | 2/9/13 4:42 PM EST
President Barack Obama’s annual addresses to Congress offer a glimpse at a leader whose rhetoric on energy and the environment has changed dramatically over the past four years — from his calls to pass sweeping climate legislation in 2009 to a full-throated embrace of natural gas last year.
The speeches also matched the ebbs and flows in Obama’s political fortunes.
Four years ago, as a popular president with Democratic House and Senate majorities, Obama told Congress that his greenhouse gas proposals would “transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change.” But in his 2011 State of the Union address following the shellacking of the midterm elections, he didn’t use the word “climate” even once.
Now, past his reelection worries, Obama put climate back atop the agenda in last month’s inaugural address. Supporters say they’re expecting much of the same in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, with more focus on actions the administration is preparing to pursue. …(more).