Obama’s climate plan: what the world has been waiting for?

Is this what the world has been waiting for?

The world may be starting to move, belatedly and perhaps too late.

But this changes climate politics across in the world, and will reshape the debate in Australia.

Extracts from the speech:

So 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.

As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.

I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new national climate action plan, and I’m here to enlist your generation’s help in keeping the United States of America a leader — a global leader — in the fight against climate change.


Forty-three years ago, Congress passed a law called the Clean Air Act of 1970. It was a good law. The reasoning behind it was simple: New technology can protect our health by protecting the air we breathe from harmful pollution. And that law passed the Senate unanimously. Think about that — it passed the Senate unanimously. It passed the House of Representatives 375 to 1. I don’t know who the one guy was — I haven’t looked that up. You can barely get that many votes to name a post office these days.

It was signed into law by a Republican President. It was later strengthened by another Republican President. This used to be a bipartisan issue.

Six years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants covered by that same Clean Air Act. And they required the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, to determine whether they’re a threat to our health and welfare. In 2009, the EPA determined that they are a threat to both our health and our welfare in many different ways — from dirtier air to more common heat waves — and, therefore, subject to regulation.



18 thoughts on “Obama’s climate plan: what the world has been waiting for?

  1. He also mentioned divestment, as advocated by 350.org. That’s a really important element of the solution to climate change. When investors start saying “I won’t fund business that damage our climate” politicians will take much more notice.

  2. The wheels turn slowly but hopefully this is a start. We just have to hope that Obama’s words are matched by meaningful action. I still do not understand why Republicans fight against the fact of climate change by denying it when there are so many business opportunities presenting themselves. Opposition for opposition’s sake I suppose?

  3. Steps in the right direction should be applauded. But it may be that we need to start running.

  4. mgm75 says:

    I’ve just watched it. A superb speech – denialists cannot argue with this, especially when he highlighted all of the issues that we faced before (acid ran, ozone layer) and solving them did not cost jobs or destroy certain industries.

  5. mgm75 says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 And All That… The Fight Against Nonsense and commented:
    About time somebody stood up and said this. A well-thought speech with some succinct arguments. However, this will not be easy. There is still the denial machine churning out their nonsense. Can he deliver in his final 3.5 years? Time will tell…

  6. It’s behind the paywall, but the IPA’s Alan Moran has been invited by The Australian to tell us that Barack Obama has “misstepped” on climate change by citing the evidence of climate scientists and ignoring denier memes like “no warming for about a decade” and “Antarctica is doing just fine”. The war on science continues.


  7. Gregory T says:

    Why anyone thinks that Turnbull would be acceptable, beggars belief. Would these same people think that if the KKK installed a new Grand Wizard, the organisation would become a equal opportunity employer?

  8. Allen Eltor says:

    What do you call a warm rock spinning at the bottom of a frigid, refrigerated, gas bath?

    When you’re a magic gasser you call it “the warm rock that the frigid gas bath is making get warmer.

  9. […] 2013/06/25: WtD: Obama’s climate plan: what the world has been waiting for? […]

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