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Barack Obamamentioned climate changein his inauguration speechand talked about the issue more passionately and convincingly than he has ever done before – especially more than he did during much of his first term as the President of the United States.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” said President Obamaon the subject to which he gave more time and importance than any other particular topic. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
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Although climate changewas not mentioned in the presidential candidate’s debatesbetween Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama the importance Obama gave to the subject seemed to answer the question of whether he considered it a reasonable second-termpriority or not.
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After Hurricane Sandyhit the East Coast, the subject of climate change has repetitively been brought up, and public opinion on global warminghas altered. Over 70% of the U.S. is now considering that climate change is an authentic issue that needs to be dealt with, immediately.
The president’s emphasis on climate change drew fire from some conservatives. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, criticized President’s speech by saying, “His address read like a liberal laundry list with global warming at the top,” Mr. Phillips said. “Americans have rejected environmental extremism in the past and they will again.”
Growing Threat Of Climate Change:
Climatologists and scientists have warned that the hope of opportunity even is quickly closing. Action is rapidly required with a need to put more stress on global leaders to address the growing risk of climate change.
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Superstorm Sandymight’ve been the hardest and also the loudest wake-up call to the growing threat of climate change. Scientists warn that increasing levels of carbon pollution in the atmosphere are contributing to a warming world and rising seas levels that could lead to more dangerous storms like Sandy in the future.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administrationreportedthat 2012 shattered the previous U.S. record for warm temperatures by a full degree, adding that 11 weather disasters in the country last year each cost more than $1 billion in damages.
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John Nissen of AMEG (Arctic Methane Emergency Group, in his appeal to world leaders to address the growing threat of climate change: Why Arctic Sea Ice Matters To You and Me, didn't mince words when he pushed this out in September of 2012 before Hurricane Sandy.
“We are toppling over the cliff edge. Collapse of sea ice could be even more dramatic next year. We face an almost irreversible transition to an ice-free Arctic. Only immediate and drastic action to cool the Arctic can stop it now. The consequences of further meltdown would be dire for you and all your citizens. The weather extremes we've witnessed this year could get far worse, leading to widespread crop failures and an ever deepening food security crisis affecting every country in the world.”
His appeal seems to hold many realities as we now stand witness to Superstorm sandy.
What Experts Say - Will There Be An Action?
Environmental groups and advocates have praised and pushed Obama to act, referring to the evidence of the rising menace.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the 4 million-member National Wildlife Federation, was among environmental advocates praising the president for highlighting the issue, “Today, president Obama affirmed what we know in our hearts as well as our minds: We can no longer turn our head away while future generations are put in peril by climate change," he saidin a statement.
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Travis Franck, a policy analyst for the nongovernmental organization Climate Interactivesaid: "He did a good job laying out a narrative about climate change and why we should all care about taking meaningful action. It will affect our children and grandchildren in many ways: their economic opportunities, their health, their safety from disasters, their recreation activities, and their sense of pride in America and its place in the world."
"It would have been much more encouraging if he went on to say that he would put the power of his office into the fight to get the country onto a sustainable energy path, by working for regulations and legislation that would incentivize energy efficiency and the transition to clean energy and make the burning of fossil fuels less attractive,"saidElizabeth Sawin, the co-director of Climate Interactive.
"Citizens who care about clean energy and a livable planet are going to need to continue to organize and pressure elected officials, including the president, if we want to see concrete action and climate-protecting policy coming from Washington," Sawin said.
A minuscule spark of hope has been enthused with Obama's words on climate change that something seriously can be done to ward off the disasters of climate change.
Let’s hope a global consensus on this issue takes place soon and we get closer to a world that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.