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Posted on Wednesday 5th November 2008

Congratulations President Elect Obama!

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It’s a great relief to know that the warmonger President Bush is soon to be replaced in the White House- and its a great historic day to be able to welcome the first black President of the United States. Barack Obama has immense challenges on his hands-continued war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial crisis and looming recession, climate change and peak oil- any one of these would be a difficult enough problem for a new President. I believe he is serious in his plan to free the States from its addiction to oil and to cut greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050, although this may still not be enough to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. See his energy speech here on You Tube Unfortunately a bit like Gordon Brown and the Labour Party there are lots of contradictions in what he says- for instance massive expansion of biofuels is not going to help food prices and the millions across the planet that are already in extreme poverty. More investment in nuclear power is not a good idea. Support for the car industry should not be a high priority if he is serious about reducing emissions. But the emphasis on saving energy with more efficient buildings and massive investment in renewables is just what the planet doctor ordered!
Let’s act quickly to make sure the people of the world are heard as Obama makes crucial choices in the coming days on how to live up to his campaign promises to secure a strong global treaty on climate change, ban torture and close Guantanamo prison, withdraw carefully from Iraq, and double aid to make global poverty history. Rarely has a US President been more likely to listen to us.
You can send a message to Obama here.

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