by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing
This week, President Obama announced a new plan for action on climate change.
In a speech delivered Tuesday at Georgetown University, he outlined a 3 part plan to:
- Cut carbon pollution by (1) using less dirty energy like coal, (2) transitioning to cleaner sources of energy including renewables and natural gas, and (3) wasting less energy throughout the economy.
- Prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that can’t be avoided. “This includes building smarter, more resilient infrastructure that can protect homes and businesses, and withstand more powerful storms.”
- Lead international efforts to combat a changing climate. “Though all America’s carbon pollution fell last year, global carbon pollution rose to a record high. That’s a problem. ” Engaging with other large emitters like India and China, as well as smaller countries, will be critical to success.
Throughout the speech, the President reminded listeners that “there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.”
Here’s a link to the full speech: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/-we-need-to-act-transcript-of-obama-s-climate-change-speech.html
Here’s a link to a PDF of the plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!