Barack Obama on Climate Change

27 10 2009

U.N. leaders gathered in New York last September for the 2009 Summit on Climate Change to grapple with global warming before the conference in Copenhagen this December. During Climate Week, political figures from all over the world joined business leaders to spell out their goals for dealing with the problem. Here’s what President Barack Obama had to say.

Main points:

The House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey comprehensive energy bill in June. Among other things, the bill would require utilities to increase the percentage of power they get from renewable sources and energy efficient savings to 20 percent by 2021. It’s still waiting for Senate approval.

Earlier in the month, the U.S. proposed the first national policy that would set greenhouse gas emissions standards for all new cars and trucks.

The U.S. will up its investment in renewable energy, with the goal of doubling its generating capacity in the next three years. This includes the proposed construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, Mass.

The U.S. will continue reaching out to the international community to find solutions to global warming.

Full text:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/us/politics/23obama.text.html?ref=opinion

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