US President Barack Obama appears to be ready to make good on his promise to address climate change. The President will unveil a national climate change plan on Tuesday, June 25.
Earlier this month, President Obama and Chinese President Xi met in California during a weekend “shirt-sleeve” summit, giving them an opportunity to build a personal rapport and address bubbling tensions.
The crisis in Syria has pushed climate change off the G8 agenda. Although world leaders at the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Ireland were supposed to address climate change at the June meeting, but this was preempted by events in Syria.
Consider the implications of each of the world’s major economies consciously shifting their growth paradigms towards a model of sustainable development, one in which addressing climate change and environmental challenges while pursuing economic growth is not paradoxical or mutually exclusive. This is a daunting task.
President Obama has reasserted his commitment to addressing climate change in his 2013 State of the Union address. Here are climate and energy related excerpts of the President’s address.
There are those who do not believe that President Barack Obama is serious about tackling climate change. Although President Obama made strong statements indicating his willingness to engage climate issues at the beginning of his first term, he ended up doing less than some had hoped.
As a native of New Orleans and longtime resident of New Jersey the outgoing head of the EPA Lisa P Jackson, witnessed the effects of extreme weather first hand. First when Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans in 2005 and then more recently when New Jersey fell victim to super-storm Sandy in late 2012.
On February 4, 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech in which he spoke to the competitive necessity of his government’s investments in the green economy.
Following the lead of other cabinet officials, Dr. Stephen Chu submitted his resignation from the Department of Energy (DOE). Chu, a former academic from the University of California Berkeley and past winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, stepped down today. He led the DOE during President Obama’s first term in office.
In 2011 and 2012, House Republicans have amassed the most anti-environment record in the history of Congress. Contrary to the will of the American people, Republicans continue to resist clean air and clean water.