Just a quick reminder that President Barack Obama's final state of the Union Address is tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. We're eager to see what Obama has to say about a range of issues -- from offshore oil drilling to what #ExxonKnew and when they knew about climate change, to whether he plans to preserve new wilderness areas and protect endangered species. Click here to RSVP and watch with us tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Tonight we'll be joined by friends like Oil Change International as the environmental movement tunes in. Tomorrow, senior White House staff will take questions and suggestions about the initiatives Obama announces online and on social media.* If you watch with us tonight, and tell us what you like or dislike, we'll help create a huge online push for your priorities based on real-time reaction to the speech. But it only works if you RSVP and watch with us tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. So tune in!
Hope to see you tonight!
Drew and the SOTU watch crew at Environmental Action
P.S. BREAKING: This just in, we're SO close to hitting our goal of raising $2,000 to call out President Obama and Nikki Haley, the Governor of South Carolina who's delivering the Republican rebuttal tonight, over offshore drilling. Both Haley and Obama have every reason to oppose drilling off the coast of South Carolina, but so far neither of them has come out against it. Can you chip in $5 or more before 9pm so we can announce that we've hit the goal before Obama goes on? Thanks again!
* Laura Miller, It's That Time of Gruyère: Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, White House Blog, January 8, 2016
It seems like only recently that I watched President Obama's first State of the Union (SOTU). But it has almost been eight years, and on Tuesday the President will deliver his final SOTU to Congress and the nation. The President will never run for political office again, there is no re-election to think about and now is the time for him to outline and implement an effective plan for our climate, water, land and planet during his final year in office.
What's more, he's promised to talk about climate change, the Paris agreement, and other environmental issues in a speech focused on where our nation needs to go, not just what the next yard of political progress he wants to pick up. Join us for our annual SOTU Watch Party to see what he says along with live commentary and analysis from a special panel of environmental activists.
What will the President say about climate change and how he plans to adhere to the deal made at the Paris climate summit? Will he discuss offshore drilling, or fracking on public lands? Will he talk about endangered species, or protecting the wilderness? And what about free trade agreements' power to block climate policy and bring projects like Keystone XL back from the dead? There is only one way to find out what the President will say: Watch the State of the Union.
We hope you will consider watching it with us and letting everyone know what you think. Click here to RSVP for our annual SOTU Watch Party.
This is it. The President has one more chance to lay out his vision for an environmental legacy. No matter what he says, let's watch together so you can tell us how you feel about his message.
See you next Tuesday,
Anthony for Environmental Action