The President Asked Me To Do This

It's Monday, August 3, 2015. Today the EPA will issue a final Clean Power Plan rule that will, for the first time, govern carbon emissions from power plants. Initial word on the street is that it's a better plan then previously expected. President Obama has asked me to share this video. I, of course, can not refuse.

 

 

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President’s Climate Change Speech One Week Later

Almost one week ago President Obama gave his speech on what his administration will be doing to fight climate change. It was given between two days of important Supreme Count decisions. Between the Voting Rights Act and DOMA and California’s Prop 8. How was it covered in the media?

MSNBC was a surprise for me. They almost totally focused on the Voting Rights Act the day of the speech and then focused on DOMA and Prop 8. Don’t get me wrong these are both important issues but it proves that climate change will never become the issue of the day, week, or year. It keeps getting put aside because there is always something else in the news that the media thinks is more important like maybe a murder trial in Florida!

19 forest fire fighters were killed in Arizona yesterday. The Western United States is experiencing record heat and drought but the media can’t seem to put it all together.

In his weekly speech the President is asking you to make climate change an issue. You can see it here.

 

Edited on 7/02/13

I found this article on the web. It seems late night comedy shows gave more time to President Obama Climate Change Plan than the Sunday talk shows which usually update what happened the week before.

The President Will Address Climate Change This Tuesday

There will finally be a major speech by President Obama this Tuesday at Georgetown University on climate change. He said in his weekly video address, “This Tuesday at Georgetown University, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go: a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it,”

He also urged people to share his message with their friends. So that’s what I’m doing. You can watch the video from this website.

SOTU

“But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.  Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend.  But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.  Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense.  We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence.  Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.  

The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth.  I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago.  But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.  I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it.  We’ve begun to change that.  Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America.  So let’s generate even more.  Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further.  As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.

In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence.  That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.  But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.

Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together.  So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.  If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we.  Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long.  I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.  The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.”

 

The question is..how long do we wait for Congretackle act?

 

The President Said—

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. (Applause.) Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.

The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

I was watching the President’s speech Monday and was floored by the fact that “climate change” was even mentioned let alone given the placement and depth of the statement in the speech. Let’s hope that he will truly lead on the issue.