Is David Axelrod responsible for climate change inaction? | Grist
So why, then, aren’t politicians like Obama taking up climate change messaging to win votes? [Betsy Taylor of Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions] said that following the economic collapse of 2008, this was a more or less a conscious strategy. “By the spring of 2009, with the fiscal crisis, there was a decision made, and adopted, not to talk about climate change,” she related. “That was adopted by the majority of the environmental groups, and by the White House. I was at that meeting. Bill McKibben stood up and said, ‘This is a mistake — it’s going to come back and haunt us.’” Talking about clean energy jobs was fine, she continued. But the “C-word” was a no-go.Climate Desk Live: Is David Axelrod Responsible For Climate Change Ennui? - YouTube
Romm went further. Asked if there was some individual giving politicians bad strategic advice, he commented, “I will absolutely blame someone. Because I have relatively high confidence, based on conversations I’ve had, that [senior Obama adviser] David Axelrod is the guy who shut down a lot of this talk. And even went up to the Hill and told the Dems not to message the climate science.” Bledsoe added that the scarring experience of failing to pass the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in Congress probably led many Democrats to back away from the issue.
[Taylor's quote appears at the 2:25 mark of this 5-minute video. Note that Joe Romm has some refreshing, planet-killing bottled water close at hand.]