Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement

Obama is one of the rare American presidents who has put himself aside more than once for a country he wants to see as a heaven for many and not only for a few who find themselves better than other people.

Selfishness and A better place to live

Senator Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supp...

Senator Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles. An American flag hangs in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many who do not like the openness of that president who considers the United states as a place where people came from everywhere in the world to find a better place. according to the opponents Obama has accelerated Congress’ partially self-imposed rush to impotence. States’ rights have become a sad joke they say and the United Nations has become even more powerful, wrongheaded and intrusive.

Our military is more focused on climate change and “social justice” than on fighting our worst enemy, which cannot even be named. {Free republic.com + Rant | Obama continues to fix the Creator’s worst mistakes}

Those Americans are often so selfish that they do not think about those Americans who have to live in the same area’s they are using and misusing now.

We should take care of each other.
We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation that comes behind us. this important fact, to try it to have a better place for our kids their children is what drives Obama also to step in the boat to come up for mother earth.

Security of job and health for future generations

This president is concerned about the future generation who has to go out into the world,  were young people have the chance to reach their full potential. The president is expecting the young should be able to do great things. And they’ll owe it in part to an educational institution that ought to be an option for more Americans.

President Barack Obama greets children of Amer...

President Barack Obama greets children of American Embassy workers in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Affordable Care Act celebrates five years of significant progress. That’s a fact that people across the country can see in more affordable coverage, higher quality care, and better health, thanks to Obamacare. But when they want to live healthy their surroundings should offer them also a healthy climate.

The first coloured president still sees too much racism and problems for people to find a right place in our society. His top priority as President is making sure more hardworking Americans have a chance to get ahead but should not have to work in unhealthy conditions or in regions where the factories are filling the air with toxins. That’s why the Americans have to make sure the United States — and not countries like China — is the one writing this century’s rules for the world’s economy.

Important role of trade

Trade has an important role to play in supporting good-paying, middle-class jobs in the United States. Unfortunately, past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype and lots of factories were more concerned about earning as much money as possible no matter at what cost for environment or people. That’s why Obama made it clear that he won’t sign any agreement that doesn’t put American workers first.

But he also reminds the American citizens that they should recognize that 95 percent of their potential customers live outside the American borders. Exports support more than 11 million jobs — and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. Failing to seize new opportunities would be devastating not just for United States businesses, but for their workers too.
That’s why the White-house Administration negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership — so Americans can benefit from trade that is not just free, but also fair.

After years of shipping jobs overseas, our manufacturing sector is creating jobs at a pace not seen since the 1990s. Rather than outsourcing, more companies are insourcing and bringing jobs back home. Today, more than half of manufacturing executives have said they’re looking at bringing jobs back from China.

Employees that are healthy and happy at work perform better. Focusing on policies that make sense for working families has paid dividends for business.

All having a stake in national and global health

Nobody may forget that we as human beings all have a stake in our national and global health. Every single one of us stands to benefit from a public health system that is focused on wellness and prevention — not one that simply focuses on treating sickness and disease, — and can live in regions where the industry take notice of the living conditions and tries to respect them.

We may not ignore the impact of climate change on health. Respecting human beings should be willing to see what is going on in our industry zones and should see which horrible impact the technical industrial revolution has made to our environment. As human beings we should love those around us, and not only respect our friends and close relatives, but also those who live further away and the plants and animals. Every one of us should want to do what we can to protect the health of our families, including the health of our grandchildren and future generations. That starts with being informed about how we can keep ourselves, and one another, healthy — particularly in the face of a changing climate.

Days for the earth

President Obama celebrated the 45th-annual Earth Day by spending the afternoon exploring the Everglades in southern Florida. As a 1.5-million-acre wetland ecosystem, the Everglades is home to more than 350 species of birds, both alligators and crocodiles, and a wide diversity of plant life that gives shelter and beauty to the region.

See the highlights from the President’s trip here.

Unfortunately, the Everglades is currently threatened. Each day, climate change is negatively affecting the nature, species, and beauty of the region. But climate change isn’t just hurting the Everglades — it’s hurting our parks, ecosystems, and outdoor spaces in every state and every region of America.

On Earth Day, the president agreed we’re far beyond a debate about climate change’s existence.

We’re focused on mitigating its very real effects here at home, preparing our communities where its impacts are already being felt, and leading an international effort for action.

And the President has already acted in big ways. Over the last eight years, the United States has cut more carbon pollution than any other country, while creating 12.1 million private-sector jobs over 61 months; setting aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history; and releasing a Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants — the single-biggest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.

Tackling climate change means protecting local businesses and economies. Taking on this issue means preventing more asthma attacks and premature deaths, billions in revenue loss, and the potential disappearance of natural habitats for our wildlife.

Clean Power Plan

Environmental Protection Agency logo.svgOn Monday August the 3rd President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy.

With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, the Clean Power Plan provides national consistency, accountability and a level playing field while reflecting each state’s energy mix. It also shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing final emission guidelines for states to follow in developing pans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). Specifically, the EPA is establishing:

1) carbondioxide (CO2) emission performance rates representing the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for two subcategories of existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs – fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines,
2) state-specific CO2 goals reflecting the CO2 emission performance rates, and
3) guidelines for the development, submittal and implementation of state plans that establish emission standards or other measures to implement the CO2 emission performance rates, which may be accomplished by meeting the state goals. This final rule will continue progress already underway in the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions from the utility power sector.

Places to protect

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Brian Christopher Deese (°1978) senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Deese served as the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and was the acting director of the office in the summer of 2014. Deese also served as deputy director of the National Economic Council.

For Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to the President, his country has many unique and treasured landscapes. In case we let things continue the way its going now we have to face the potential disappearance of natural habitats for our wildlife. One of those threatened places is Acadia National Park — where you can enjoy islands, mountains, oceans, and beaches in one place. Acadia also attracts more than 2 million visits each year, providing a major boost to the local economy. Mr. Deese want to make sure his daughter can enjoy Acadia the way he has enjoyed it. He says

I want her kids to be able to enjoy it, too. It’s a place I’m willing to fight to protect.

1 of my favorite parks: . Will fight so my daughter & her kids can enjoy it too

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The Department of Agriculture took in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

A planet to live on and continual data to reflect on

No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972.

We knew we lived on it, and had a vast amount of useful information about its makeup, its processes, and its place in the solar system. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet, though still many today think we cannot influence our world as much as we think.

Today it is hard for many people to grasp this concept of human responsibility in a whole universe where we are just a very small player.

Blue Marble

The “Blue Marble” was the first full photo of the Earth, taken on December 7, 1972, by the American crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. The original Blue Marble is thought by many to be the most-reproduced image of all time.

What made the Blue Marble so special? Sure, it might have been the first full photo of the Earth that we took, but we’ve taken a bunch more since then.

Remarkable about a single snapshot of the Earth — an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space is that

“…you’re looking at the most beautiful star in the heavens — the most beautiful because it’s the one we understand and we know, it’s home, it’s people, family, love, life — and besides that it is beautiful. You can see from pole to pole and across oceans and continents and you can watch it turn and there’s no strings holding it up, and it’s moving in a blackness that is almost beyond conception.

Eugene Andrew Cernan, byname Gene Cernan (°1934), American astronaut who, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last person to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan explained.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, says

Regrettably, we still live in a turbulent world. But we now have at our disposal, not simply a photograph of our home to reflect upon, but continual data of our rotating planet, captured 13 times per day, by the robotic Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a specially designed space camera and telescope, launched and positioned a million miles from Earth.

We will now be able to measure and track sun-induced space weather as well as global climatic trends in ozone levels, aerosols, vegetation, volcanic ash, and Earth reflectivity, all in high resolution — just the kind of data our civilization needs to make informed cultural, political, and scientific decisions that affect our future.

A big and most important step in the fight against climate change

Many republicans and Tea Party members do not want to see how are world is evolving and are continues denying that human beings have lots of input in that world. They keep denying that their power plants are responsible for about a third of America’s carbon or air pollution — more than cars, airplanes, and homes combined — and that pollution is fuelling climate change.

Until now in the United States of America, there have never been federal limits on how much carbon pollution existing power plants can generate.

With difficulty but by perseverance the president managed to get the Clean Power Plan setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for these power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards.

Achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. By setting these goals and enabling states to create tailored plans to meet them, the Plan will:

Protect the health of American families. It is hoped that by 2030, it will:

  • Prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths

  • Prevent 1,700 non-fatal heart attacks

  • Prevent 90,000 asthma attacks in children

  • Prevent 300,000 missed workdays and schooldays

Boost the American economy by:

  • Leading to 30 percent more renewable energy generation
    in 2030

  • Creating tens of thousands of jobs

  • Continuing to lower the costs of renewable energy

Save the average American family:

  • Nearly $85 a year on their energy bills in 2030

  • Save enough energy to power 30 million homes
    in 2030

  • Save consumers $155 billion from 2020-2030

Listening to Figures speaking

The president yesterday reminded the citizens of the United States that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.

Fourteen out of the 15 warmest years on record fell within the first 15 years of this century. Earth’s current levels of carbon dioxide, which heats up our atmosphere, are the highest they’ve been in 800,000 years.

Though certain American groups do not agree with the many scientists and do not want to see the effects of the changing climate in their everyday lives, we may not sit still and let it continue going on such wrong path. We cannot be sure what weather a season will bring, because they have become unpredictable. Our summers are hotter, though for many it may seem colder, because the day temperatures may be in several places much lower but higher at night. In many places the droughts are deeper and the wet seasons are prolonged. With extended wet or dry periods agriculture got in problems.  Wildfire seasons are lasting longer. Storms are more severe. And these disasters are becoming more frequent, more expensive, and more dangerous.

But as the President said yesterday

“There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change.”

That’s why he directed the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 to tackle the issue of carbon pollution from the American power plants — and today’s plan sets the first-ever nationwide limits on this pollution.

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Due to climate change, the weather is getting more extreme

Temperatures are rising across the U.S.

2014 was the hottest year on record globally, and 2015 is on track to break that record.

Globally, the 10 warmest years on record all occurred since 1998.

Source: NOAA

For the contiguous 48 states, 7 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.

Source: NOAA

Extreme weather comes at a cost

Climate and weather disasters in 2012 alone cost the American economy more than $100 billion

$30 Billion; U.S. drought/heatwave; Estimated across the U.S.
$65 Billion; Superstorm Sandy; Estimated $11.1 Billion;
Combined severe weather; Estimated for incidents across the U.S.; $65 Billion

$1 Billion Western wildfires; Estimated $2.3 Billion
Hurricane Isaac; Superstorm Sandy

There are also public health threats associated with extreme weather

Children, the elderly, and the poor are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects, including those related to heat stress, air pollution, extreme weather events, and diseases carried by food, water, and insects.

Since the President took office, the administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history. The Clean Power Plan will lead to 30% more renewable energy generation in 2030.

Heavy-duty vehicles (commercial trucks, vans, and buses) are currently the second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution within the transportation sector.

The Administration has already established the toughest fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles in U.S. history. These standards require an average performance equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Energy efficiency is one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

First generation to feel the impacts of climate change

“We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation to be able to do something about it,”

Mr Obama said, whilst he knew that many would ridicule it or be firmly against it, but for sure we do have to do something and he called taking a stand against climate change a “moral obligation“.

Mr Obama brushed off the notion that the plan is a “War on Coal” that will kill jobs and said he is reinvesting in areas of the US known as “coal country”.

“Scaremonging” tactics will not work to stop the proposal, he said.

“If we don’t do it nobody will. America leads the way forward… that’s what this plan is about. This is our moment to get something right and get something right for our kids,”

he said.

The plan will remove policy barriers, modernize programs, and establish a short-term task force of state, local, and tribal officials to advise on key actions the federal government can take to support local and state efforts to prepare for climate change.

Facilitating the transition to a global clean energy economy, the U.S. Department of Energy is leading the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum that promotes policies and programs aimed at scaling up energy efficiency and clean energy.

The U.S. continues to spearhead the Climate and Clean Air Coalition which has expanded to more than 100 partners, including 46 countries. The Coalition is implementing ten initiatives to reduce emissions of methane, HFCs, and black carbon.

In November 2013, the U.S., Norway, and the U.K. launched a public-private partnership to support forests in developing countries, with the goal of reducing emissions from deforestation and promoting sustainable agriculture. The initiative has identified its first four priority countries and begun initial work.

Forestries and coal mining states such as Wyoming, West Virginia and Kentucky fear their economies would suffer and people would be laid off.

The president is well aware of the negative reactions and several state governors are already saying they will simply ignore the plans, but calls for taking up responsibility for our future generations. But

“Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not any more,”

Mr Obama said.

And states would have significant flexibility in setting regulations for existing power plants within their borders, but are required to follow the broad limits in EPA’s proposed rule. Since states have been given the authority to use market-based mechanisms, California and the nine Northeast states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) would be able to demonstrate that their cap-and-trade programs satisfy the required emission reductions, and that further regulation is therefore unnecessary.

States will have up to two years to submit their proposed implementations plans to EPA. After a plan is submitted, EPA will have a year to either approve plans or send them back to states for revision. If a state does not submit an adequate plan, EPA is authorized to impose a federal plan to drive the necessary reductions.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/EIA_logo.jpgThat actions are useful has proven the power sector emissions which have declined over the past five years in part due to the economic downturn, increased energy efficiency, greater use of renewable energy and a switch from coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, to natural gas, the least carbon-intensive (in terms of combustion). In the absence of any policy changes, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that as the economy grows and natural gas prices rise slowly over the next five years, emissions will rise. The Clean Power Plan will have to push against these underlying trends.

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The President is taking steps to reduce the causes of climate change and prepare our communities for its impacts, and it’s not too late for you to join in.

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In Dutch:

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  4. Copenhagen roert menig hart
  5. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs
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  7. Olieland Nigeria balanceert tussen klimaat en economie

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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