President Obama: America A Global Leader In Climate Change

In The Fight Against Climate Change

President Obama, in his weekly address, noted that his administration has made great progress in the fight against global climate change.

“When I took office, I said this was something we couldn’t kick down the road any longer – that our children’s future depended on our action,” said the President.

Photo Credit: The White House.
Photo Credit: The White House.

He further noted that his administration has made ambitious investments in clean energy and achieved reductions in carbon emissions – increasing wind power and solar power and decreasing the amount of carbon pollution from the energy sector to its lowest level in 25 years.

“We’ve invested in energy efficiency, and we’re slashing carbon emissions from appliances, homes, and businesses – saving families money on their energy bills.  We’re reforming how we manage federal coal resources, which supply roughly 40% of America’s coal.  We’ve set the first-ever national standards limiting the amount of carbon pollution power plants can release into the sky,” he stated.

He argued that standards that have been set are not only working effectively, but also driving new technological innovation and creating new markets.

“We also set standards to increase the distance our cars and light trucks can go on a gallon of gas every year through 2025.”

He added, “At a time when we’ve seen auto sales surge, manufacturers are innovating and bringing new technology to market faster than expected.  Over 100 cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks on the market today already meet our vehicles standards ahead of schedule.  And we’ve seen a boom in the plug-in electric vehicle market – with more models, lower battery costs, and more than 16,000 charging stations.”

The President further argued that although the United States has become a global leader in the fight against climate change, there’s still work to do.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. We’ll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025.  And we’ll continue to protect our lands and waters so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy our most beautiful spaces for generations,” he posited.

President Obama also said collectively the country must continue to work domestically and build upon the progress already made with other countries – such as the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history.

“And if we keep pushing, and leading the world in the right direction, there’s no doubt that, together, we can leave a better, cleaner, safer future for our children,” the President concluded.

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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