President Obama unveils Climate Action Plan for the US
By Nick St Clair for climateactionprogramme.org
It's by far his boldest statement of intent yet on the subject of climate change and follows on from his inaugural address to mark his second term as President; when he pledged to act, stating for the record that climate change was an immediate threat as last 15 years have been the 12 hottest years on record.
Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, President Obama said: "As a president, as a father and as an American, I am here to say we need to act." He then mocked climate change sceptics. "I don't have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real," he said. "We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society. While we may not live to see the full realisation of our ambition, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the world we leave to our children will be better off for what we did."
The plans may be aiming to cut CO2 by just 4 per cent (less than a fifth of the amount achieved in the EU), but at least it’s a step forward and many US environmental think-tanks are simply happy to be moving in the right direction.
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