Already a very long time the world has be warned by many scientists that the carbon pollution will bring this world in troubles which could come disastrous for many people all over the world. Too long many people did find it was far away from their bed. But the pollution that causes climate change isn’t a distant threat. It is a reality we can face already in several parts of the world.
The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years, and 2012 was the hottest one we’ve ever recorded. Some people in certain countries may find they had to face colder daytimes, but they overlook that many nights were much hotter than they should have been.
These events also create an economic imperative to act. When farms wash away and crops wilt, food prices go up. Last year, we saw 11 different weather disasters that each cost the United States more than $1 billion.
And confronting this challenge isn’t just about preventing disaster. At last some in the United States are opening their eyes. Perhaps they would not go thinking about other continents, but it will already be very good if they would consider the dangers for their own continent. Those Americans may also not forget that it’s also about moving America forward in a way that creates hundreds of thousands of good, new, clean energy jobs. It’s about wasting less energy, which saves money for every business and every family in America.
It’s time for action.
First, the American president Obama is laying out a plan to cut carbon pollution in America — by working to cut pollution from power plants, protect the health of our kids, boost clean energy, and revamp our transportation sector for the 21st century.
Second, he’s preparing the United States for the impacts of these changes — by building stronger, safer communities and developing resources to make our country more resilient. And finally, he’s leading international efforts to combat global climate change.
The Whitehouse climate Change work-group have put together a graphic that breaks this all down — from the effects we’re already seeing to the specific actions we’re going to take to lead this fight.
No single step can reverse the effects of climate change, but that’s no excuse for inaction. We have a moral obligation to leave our kids a planet that’s not broken and polluted.
With little to no hope on Capitol Hill for action on climate change, President Obama on Tuesday planed to bypass Congress and move forward with executive actions designed to reduce carbon emissions.
In a speech at Georgetown University, the president layed out what the administration is billing as a comprehensive plan built on three pillars:reducing major global warming pollutants such as methane and hydrofluorocarbons leading global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change.
As part of that effort, Mr. Obama on Tuesday signed a presidential memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start engaging with states, the private sector and other stakeholders to set carbon pollution standards for both new and existing carbon power plants.
President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to lead the fight against carbon pollution. Share the details of his plan to help make sure people in your community get the facts and see what the government wants to do, but where certain republicans do not want to take into account the endangering of their own environment for making as much as possible earnings.
So here’s what the democrats are going to do:
Share President Obama’s plan to make sure people in your community understand why we’re taking these steps and what comes next.
We can’t end climate change overnight, but by taking the steps laid out in the president’s plan, we can help protect our families and shield our economy from more extreme weather. The president deserves our gratitude and backing as he moves to tackle the defining issue of our time.
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- Obama to lay out three-part plan for addressing climate change (cbsnews.com)
Mr. Obama has taken some steps so far to address climate change, such as enacting stricter vehicle-fuel-efficiency standards in 2011 and offering subsidies to support green-energy industries like solar and wind power. There have been some markers of progress: Senior administration officials on Monday pointed out that carbon pollution from the energy sector last year fell to the lowest level in two decades.
At the same time, U.S. scientists last month reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than it has been at any other time in the last several million years. The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years, while severe floods, heat waves and droughts have threatened communities and driven up food prices.
- Obama’s Climate Action Plan Will Protect Our Health and Our Communities (switchboard.nrdc.org)
Without this kind of presidential leadership, our children and grandchildren would be left to cope with the devastating consequences of unchecked climate change. We can’t pass this burden on to them, especially when we can already see what climate disruption can do to people’s lives. From the Colorado residents who lost their homes in recent fires to the children who suffer more asthma attacks because of dirtier air, Americans are reeling from climate impacts right now.
A recent set of updated efficiency standards for refrigerators, dishwashers and other products alone will save consumers nearly $80 billion on energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by 100 million metric tons a year by 2035. That’s roughly equivalent to emissions from 25 coal-fired power plants.
- Read President Obama’s Climate Change Plan (treehugger.com)
This is vintage Obama. He refuses to wage lofty ideological battles, which frustrates the hell out of people who view those battles as necessary and inevitable. He doesn’t direct a lot of energy at bashing his head into walls. He just puts the available resources to work doing what can be done. It’s not enough — it’s not even as much as he could do — but it would be a big mistake to think it doesn’t matter.
- Al Gore: The Best Presidential Address on Climate Change Ever (huffingtonpost.com)
This was a terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever.
I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis — particularly the decision to limit global warming pollution from existing as well as new power plants.
Following the important pledges he made in both his inaugural address and State of the Union speech earlier this year, and the historic gains in renewable energy and fuel efficiency that the President delivered in his first term, the policy changes he announced today represent important steps forward in the battle to halt catastrophic climate disruption. Most importantly, President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to establish regulations on the amount of global warming pollution existing fossil fuel plants can pour into our atmosphere.
President Obama’s proposals are in keeping with the current political reality; inaction and denial have consumed Congress. But the climate crisis requires a new political reality: one marked by a willingness to accept solutions commensurate with the challenge.
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- Obama takes aim at changing climate (kvue.com)
In today’s speech, the president also took aim at climate change deniers, calling them “doomsayers,” who will invariably claim that federal environmental regulations will come at the expense of jobs and a growing economy.
“For too long, the barricade of special interests in Washington has stopped Congress from acting against carbon pollution,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in a statement. “President Obama knows that we can’t wait to address this issue. We’re already paying the costs of climate change. Our oceans are warmer, more acidic, and rising; our seasons are shifting; and the dice are loaded for more frequent and more severe extreme weather events.”
- Statement on President Obama’s Remarks on the Climate Crisis (algore.com)
This action – if followed by skillful and thorough execution of the plan – has the potential to fundamentally alter the course of our nation’s energy infrastructure development and help to promote a sustainable future. On the international front, this action will bolster U.S. credibility and moral authority in negotiations with other countries.
As President Obama said today, history will judge the present generation by our success or failure in meeting and surmounting this existential challenge.
So I urge the nation to follow President Obama’s lead and take the positive steps he announced today, but to keep fighting. We’ve got a lot more work to do.
- Obama’s climate change plan centers on limiting coal power pollution, renewable energy (pennlive.com)
The far-reaching plan marks Obama’s most prominent effort yet to deliver on a major priority he laid out in his first presidential campaign and recommitted to at the start of his second term: to fight climate change in the U.S. and abroad and prepare American communities for its effects. Environmental activists have been irked that Obama’s high-minded goals never materialized into a comprehensive plan.
- Note From The White House: A moral obligation to cut carbon pollution (blogs.montrealgazette.com)
I truly wish Canada had a leader like President Obama. My American friends are very fortunate.
- Power plant limits at center of Obama climate plan (news.yahoo.com)
By expanding permitting on public lands, Obama hopes to generate enough electricity from renewable energy projects such as wind and solar to power the equivalent of 6 million homes by 2020, effectively doubling the electric capacity federal lands now produce, senior administration officials said. He’ll also set a goal to install 100 megawatts of energy-producing capacity at federal housing projects by the end of the decade.
“The country is facing a threat; the president is facing facts,” said Dan Lashof of the Natural Resources Defense Council, praising Obama for taking aim at power plants. “Reducing that pollution is the most important step we can take as a nation to stand up to climate change.”
A spokesman for major power companies said the industry long has understood the importance of addressing climate change and has been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for two decades. The industry will consider whether new climate change policies and regulations “mesh” with its ongoing transition to a cleaner generating fleet and an enhanced electric grid, said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, a group that represents power companies.