COMMENTARY

President Obama Touts U.S. Lead On The Environment

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

President Obama in his weekly address noted that his administration has placed more emphasis on protecting the environment than any other president in the past.

He said that the U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful God-given landscapes in the world and also is blessed with natural treasures which ranges from the Grand Tetons to the Grand Canyon as well as encompassing lush forests vast deserts, lakes, and rivers teeming with wildlife.

“It’s our responsibility to protect these treasures for future generations, just as previous generations protected them for us,” he said.

He listed the following as some of the efforts of his administration to take care of the environment:

Setting aside more than 260 million acres of public lands as well as water ways as reserve areas.

Fostering and facilitating meetings, discussions, and agreement among ranchers, and industry group from 11 states to protect a threatened species – the sage grouse – without jeopardizing local economies.

Creating a new marine sanctuary on the Potomac River in Maryland as well as another along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin

Joining a coalition with other countries in cracking down on illegal fishing that threatens jobs and food security around the globe.

“We’ll also keep doing what we can to prevent the worst effects of climate change before it’s too late,” the President posited.

He further explained that over the past six years the U.S has led by example in generating more clean energy and lowering carbon emissions.

He also argued that businesses have made new commitments to act on climate – not just because it’s good for the planet, but because it’s good for their bottom line.

“This is how America is leading on the environment.  And because America is leading by example, 150 countries, representing over 85% of global emissions, have now laid out plans to reduce their levels of the harmful carbon pollution that warms our planet.  And it gives us great momentum going into Paris this December, where the world needs to come together and build on these individual commitments with an ambitious, long-term agreement to protect this Earth for our kids,” the President declared.

The President however, bemoaned the fact that the Republicans in Congress have barely managed to keep the government open, and moreover have shut down the Land and Water Conservation Fund which for more than half a century has been used to protected more than 5 million acres of land – from playgrounds to parks to priceless landscapes – all without costing taxpayers a dime.

“Nearly every single county in America has benefited from this program.  It has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.  Republicans in Congress should reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund without delay,” the President said.

Photo Credit: The Whitehouse.

Editing by Jesus Chan

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