President Obama announced a large campaign to cut greenhouse gas pollution in the US during his speech at Georgetown University yesterday. He also commits to promote actively clean energy and to act in order to better protect Americans from global warming.
According to the White House, this project should allow the president to reach his target fixed in 2009 to reduce, by 2020, greenhouse gas emission by 17% compare to 2005. President Obama stated during his speech that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction” against global warming. He reminded us that last year was the warmest year in the United States history. He added “The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.”
M. Obama also warned he will not wait and try to convince those who think global warming is not cause by mankind, most congressmen believe Men are not responsible for global warming, as he stated “The overwhelming judgment of science has put all that to rest. Ninety-seven percent of scientists, including, by the way, some who originally disputed the data, have now put that to rest. They’ve acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it.”
He firmly said he is now directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so that the governmental organization can directly work with states, companies and all the stakeholders. The EPA mission is to provide guidelines and standards for cities, states and companies to comply in order to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a year to fix those standards thanks to dialogue between the agency and the stakeholders. His objective is to switch from a highly polluting economy to “A low-carbon, clean energy economy” that “can be an engine of growth for decades to come.”
As the first economy of the world, President Obama also aspire to lead developing countries in a safest way to grow “And I’m directing my administration to launch negotiations toward global free trade in environmental goods and services, including clean energy technology, to help more countries skip past the dirty phase of development and join a global low-carbon economy. They don’t have to repeat all the same mistakes that we made.”
However, his speech didn’t specify the projects that will be prioritize. It was still vague but M. Obama confirmed solar energy is among privileged energy source that should be invested in.
Full transcript of his speech can be find here