Considering that Joe was no fan of left-leaning policy in the first place, I'm sure that Obama considered the allusion nothing more than a light-hearted mention in the middle of a serious letter. Judge for yourself:
"If someone's basement floods and they lose their job on the same day it is certainly an
unlucky day. But they would not wait until they found a new job before pumping the
basement and fixing the leak. If they did, then not only would they be unemployed, but they
would also have a house that is starting to fall apart. Common sense says that the longer you
leave a problem unsolved the harder it becomes to find a solution. I am quite sure that even
Joe the Plumber would agree with this. Climate change is similar. We know there is a
problem and it would be short-sighted foolishness to not address it immediately."
The guy drives a good point.
Bravo Europe and bravo Stavros. The world has, in fact, been looking to the US for climate leadership for far too long with little leadership. If we consider arguably the two largest climate policies enacted by the EU recently - automobile efficiency mandates and a cap and trade market - they are right in line with Obama campaign promises. Already, President Obama has shown willingness to let individual states (notably California) pass their own efficiency standards for vehicles sold in their states. Given the precedent for states to be allowed to be more agressive than the federal government in climate policy, what Obama has essentially done is mandate a faster timetable (2016 for California instead of 2020 for the federal government) for automobile efficiency standards in less than a week in office. Instead of the "patchwork of regulations" that Detroit lobbyists feed us, the most likely outcome is that a single regulation will take precedence througout the US. On the cap and trade side, the President now has the opportunity to work with Congress to have this be the key piece of climate legislation in his first year an office. Furthermore, any potential links to/synergies with the EU carbon market could create a potentially global market for carbon trading markets as other market-based polluters would most likely want to trade based on mutual US-EU standards.
So let's get on it. The US has stalled too long and the price of carbon is still too cheap. Let's have the world's two largest polluters take mutual leadership on setting things right.