President Obama to make major climate change address
Today, President Obama announced his plan to make a major address on climate change this Tuesday, June 25.
In a short video, the President speaks about the importance of addressing climate change for the sake of future genrations, while scenes of stormy seas, sources of energy and American landscapes play.
Here is the video tweet from @WhiteHouse Twitter feed. Note the President's signature -bo in the tweet, indicating that he tweeted this. It is a small touch, but meant to signify the importance of this announcement.
We owe it to our kids to do something about climate change. Share this video and join me Tuesday: http://t.co/ifWvlB6qCL -bo— The White House (@whitehouse) June 22, 2013
And here is the video via YouTube:
So what will he say that we haven't heard before?
The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reports that the President will announce a plan to regulate existing power plants:
For months, environmentalists have been pressing the White House to regulate utilities powered by coal and natural gas, which account for a third of the nation’s greenhouse-gas emissions and 40 percent of its carbon output. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulating greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants, but it has delayed finalizing that rule.
According to individuals familiar with the White House plan, who asked not to be identified since the president has yet to deliver his speech, Obama will couch the effort not only in terms of the nation’s domestic priorities, but as a way to meet the administration’s international pledge to reduce the country’s greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels.
I'll continue to update this post as new takes and reactions in the coming days.
Here is a transcript of the Presidents remarks from the video:
In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change, for the sake of our children and future generations.
This Tuesday, at Georgetown University, I will layout my vision for where I think we need to go. A national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it.
This is a serious challenge, but it is one uniquely suited to America's strengths. We'll need scientists to design new fuels. And farmers to grow them. We'll need engineers to devise new sources of energy. And businesses to make and sell them. We'll need workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy. And we'll need all of our citizens to do our part to preserve God's creation for future generations; our forests and waterways, our croplands and snowcapped peaks. There's no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change, but when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.
This is a challenge that effects everyone. And we all have a stake in solving it together.
On Tuesday, you'll be able to watch the address live on WhiteHouse.gov/live
And for more information, visit WhiteHouse.gov/Climate-Change
UPDATE: What will Obama propose in this speech? Here's a look at some reactions and predictions from around the web.