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President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday
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President Barack Obama vowed to tackle climate change during his second term as President of the United States – and now he has promised to unveil a national climate action plan at Georgetown University on Tuesday. In his upcoming address, President Obama will propose a new strategy to reduce carbon emissions, prepare for the impact of climate change, build a green economy, and empower all Americans to do their part to “preserve God’s creation.”
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President Obama has faced fierce opposition from mostly Republican congressional leaders, many of whom still insist that climate change doesn’t exist despite overwhelming scientific consensus to the contrary. This opposition has limited his ability to make sweeping changes in order to forestall the worst of climate change. Any action plan that he presents is therefore unlikely to involve politically charged moves that would provoke congressional ire.
Instead, the President will probably focus on greening the economy and developing jobs. Jobs for scientists, who he said will be needed to design new fuels, which farmers will need to grow. Engineers will be needed to find new sources of energy and businesses will need to manufacture and sell them. Lastly, workers will be needed to build the foundation of a clean energy economy.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether the President will use his power to veto the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline designed to evacuate oil from Canada’s tar sands. If this project proceeds, scientists claim that no amount of economic greening will be able to stop runaway climate change.
In anticipation of the President’s speech, the Union for Concerned Scientists has issued a report entitled Half of the Oil Future to address what is considered to be the leading driver of our climate crisis. In the report, the Union suggests strategies to “reduce emissions from the largest source of U.S. global warming emissions today — oil and other petroleum products — to the tune of 2 billion metric tons per year in 2035.”
The address will start at 1:35pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and you can watch it live on the White House website.
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