Today, weâ€™re continuing to lead by example. Because ultimately, if weâ€™re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, weâ€™re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.
As long as Iâ€™m President of the United States, America is going to hold ourselves to the same high standards to which we hold the rest of the world. And three weeks from now, I look forward to joining my fellow world leaders in Paris, where weâ€™ve got to come together around an ambitious framework to protect the one planet that weâ€™ve got while we still can.
If we want to prevent the worst effects of climate change before itâ€™s too late, the time to act is now. Not later. Not someday. Right here, right now. And Iâ€™m optimistic about what we can accomplish together. Iâ€™m optimistic because our own country proves, every day — one step at a time — that not only do we have the power to combat this threat, we can do it while creating new jobs, while growing our economy, while saving money, while helping consumers, and most of all, leaving our kids a cleaner, safer planet at the same time.
This action is a major statement about the need to transition away from fossil fuels and avoid developing them in their most damaging form. It will surely add even more energy to efforts to block other bitumen sands pipelines and otherwise drive the transition to a climate-safe global economy.