Watch the whole thing, its historic.
Obama is finally stepping up. Congress wont do anything, so he is doing something. Its too little, and maybe too late, but I am happy he is doing it.
President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.
In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it’s too late.
‘‘As a president, as a father and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act,’’ Obama said.
Obama announced he was directing his administration to launch the first-ever federal regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by new and existing power plants — ‘‘to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution.’’
Other aspects of the plan will boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.
Even before Obama unveiled his plan Tuesday, Republican critics in Congress were lambasting it as a job-killer that would threaten the economic recovery. Obama dismissed those critics, noting the same arguments have been used in the past when the U.S. has taken other steps to protect the environment.
‘‘That’s what they said every time,’’ Obama said. ‘‘And every time, they’ve been wrong.’’
Obama touted America’s strengths — research, technology and innovation — as factors that make the U.S. uniquely poised to take on the challenges of global warming. He mocked those who deny that humans are contributing to the warming of the planet, adding that he ‘‘doesn’t have much patience’’ for anybody who refuses to acknowledge the problem.
‘‘We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society,’’ Obama said.(via)
He has also released his plan on Whitehouse.gov (read it here)
In a plan addopted today, the city council of Seattle has plans to be 100% carbon neutral by 2050.
The Climate Action Plan is recommended action to be taken to meet the city’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
The plan is the result of a three-year collaborative effort between the city and community to create a blueprint for a prosperous and climate-friendly city.
“With this bold plan to reduce our carbon emissions now in place, we must now get to work on implementing the actions called for in the plan,” said City Councilman Mike O’Brien.
“In the Energy & Environment Committee, we will begin exploring how to make energy use more visible to consumers and developing the tools we need to improve Seattle’s home and building energy performance,” said O’Brien.
The Climate Action Plan includes specific short- and long-term actions Seattle needs to meet its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. (Via)
Amazing video from Jfox on how the Occupy movement is trying to rebuild and repair this hard hit area of our country.
What Action can you take RIGHT NOW?
Join the Occupy Sandy efforts by visiting the website to plug in!
OccupySandy.org or interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
Together we can recover from Hurricane Exxon Mobil
Call Cuomo and tell him to BAN Drilling and Fracking for Natural Gas in NY State! NO MORE FOSSIL FUEL DEVELOPMENT!
(518) 474-8390 or mail:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
tweet at him here: @NYGovCuomo
Call Bloomberg and urge him to protect public health by halting construction of the Spectra Pipeline! Tell him the not to allow the Rockaway Pipeline to be built! The People want to RebuildGreen.
Call NYCHA, show up to pressure board meeting at NYCHA HQ on Dec 5th, 10am, 250 broadway (interoccupy.net/blog/november-27th-first-post-sandy-housing-action-citywide-call-from-nycha-residents/)
14-year-old New York student Deepika Kurup was named ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ for inventing a solar-powered water purification system that changes dirty water into safe drinking water. She is one smart and determined young scientist.