Climate and the second Obama administration


in Economics, Politics, The environment

From Barack Obama’s second inaugural address:

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. 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 is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped 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.

We will see what kind of action the second term brings.


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oleh January 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Wow! I had cut and pasted the first half of this quote intending to place it on your site. I am impressed that the POTUS devoted such prominenece and time to the issue of climate change in his second inaugural speech.

alena January 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

I was really glad that Obama specifically addressed climate change and a need for action to protect the environment. He seems more empowered now and so let’s hope that some policies will emerge.

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