Obama opens a ‘New Chapter on Climate Change’

US President -elect Barack Obama gave the first of his weekly addresses to the nation and declared ‘that his administration would mark a “new chapter in American leadership on climate change.”‘

“Few challenges facing America — and the world — are more urgent than combating climate change,” he said. “Many of you are working to confront this challenge….but too often, Washington has failed to show the same kind of leadership. That will change when I take office.”

In his speech Mr Obama made the following commitments

  1. A federal cap and trade system
  2. Strong annual emissions reduction targets with milestones of 1990 level emissions by 2020 and an additional 80% reduction by 2050
  3. $15 billion per year to ‘catalyse a clean energy future’ including solar, wind and ‘next generation’ bio-fuels and to ‘tap nuclear power while making sure it is safe’ and ‘develop clean coal technologies’
  4. 5 million new ‘green jobs’ “that pay well and can’t be outsourced.”

He concludes his speech saying

Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option, denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high; the consequences too serious. Stopping climate change won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight. But I promise you this, when I am President, any Governor who is willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House. Any company that is willing to invest in clean energy will have an ally in Washington, and any nation that’s willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States of America. Thank you.

It’s inspirational stuff and gives me huge hope that the USA can and will show the world how to save the world. — DS

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One Response to “Obama opens a ‘New Chapter on Climate Change’”

  1. motumb2b Says:

    Go Obama!
    Emissions reduction mandates are coming into effect very soon—not just for heavy emitters, but medium and small emitters too. While mandatory reporting is a useful tool for managing carbon change, what is lacking in a lot of these programs is the ability to provide contextual detail, or to showcase emissions reduction achievements. CSA just launched the GHG CleanStart™ Registry based on ISO 14064. It’s a voluntary program, but it covers the same bases as the regulated programs, while also allowing organizations to highlight their successes. Check it out at http://www.csa.ca/carbonperformance.

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