President Barack Obama is trying to frame climate change as a make-or-break political issue, urging Americans to vote only for those who will protect the country from environmental harm, reports Josh Lederman at the Associated Press. Obama says people in the United States already are paying a price for climate change, including in lost lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Obama released a climate action plan recently that bypasses Congress, which refuses to act. At the core of Obama’s plan are new controls on new and existing power plants that emit carbon dioxide, heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. The program is intended to boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures. None of the measures in Obama’s plan requires congressional action.Obama has also pledged that the U.S. will lead other nations in a “coordinated assault” to reduce pollution. “The question is not whether we need to act. The question is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late,” Obama said.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
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Vote Only for Those Who Act on Climate Change, Says Obama reports Josh Lederman at the Associated Press. Obama wants to regulate carbon emissions, stop subsidizing fossil fuels and promote clean energy, but he can’t do it alone. Make environmental safety a voting priority, folks – because if our environment tanks, so will everything else…