U.S. President Barack Obama has made the fight against climate change a priority for his second term. Saying he “refuses to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama outlined the first comprehensive U.S. Climate Action Plan.
The plan includes several presidential memorandums aimed at cutting carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy generation, preparing the U.S. for climate impacts and leading international efforts to combat climate change. Of those directives, Obama’s new call for coal fired power plants to stop their “limitless dumping” of carbon emissions is seen as the most concrete and promising measure the president can take to directly address climate change.
While the details of much of the Plan have yet to be decided and his continued support for natural gas and carbon capture and sequestration will likely be met with criticism, Obama’s all-encompassing plan to tackle climate change is being seen as a positive signal for bold action from the United States.
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