Watch the whole thing, its historic.
This is a great day for everyone, but especially for our GLBT friends and family. This is not the end of the struggle, but certainly the beginning of the end. There are no more logical reasons why gay people shouldn’t get married, and day by day less legal reasons why they shouldn’t. I am proud of our country today.
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)
more info here
NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.
The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia, and citizen scientists. It complements NASA’s recently announced mission to redirect an asteroid and send humans to study it.
“NASA already is working to find asteroids that might be a threat to our planet, and while we have found 95 percent of the large asteroids near the Earth’s orbit, we need to find all those that might be a threat to Earth,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. “This Grand Challenge is focused on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learning how to deal with potential threats. We will also harness public engagement, open innovation and citizen science to help solve this global problem.”
Grand Challenges are ambitious goals on a national or global scale that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology. They are an important element of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation.
“I applaud NASA for issuing this Grand Challenge because finding asteroid threats, and having a plan for dealing with them, needs to be an all-hands-on-deck effort,” said Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “The efforts of private-sector partners and our citizen scientists will augment the work NASA already is doing to improve near-Earth object detection capabilities.”
NASA also released a request for information (RFI) that invites industry and potential partners to offer ideas on accomplishing NASA’s goal to locate, redirect, and explore an asteroid, as well as find and plan for asteroid threats. The RFI is open for 30 days, and responses will be used to help develop public engagement opportunities and a September industry workshop.