Prior to his weekend wins in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barack Obama promised to begin developing the U.S. position on an international pact to halt global warming now, instead of waiting until 2009. “I’ve been in conversations with former Vice President [Al] Gore repeatedly, and his recommendation, which I think is sound, is that you can’t wait until you are sworn into office to get started,” Obama proclaimed. “I think we need to start reaching out to other countries ahead of time, not because I’m presumptuous, but because there’s such a sense of urgency about this.” In addition, he declared, “I know that my climate change plan is stronger than John McCain‘s.” Ain’t it nice to see politicians all hot under the collar about climate?