A YouTube video posted by the White House on Saturday confirmed President Obama will outline plans to reduce carbon pollution in a climate change speech scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Obama is expected to announce a series of executive actions to address global warming consistent with commitments he made in his inauguration address in January of this year.
Washington insiders anticipate his comments may address:
- new restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants;
- new efficiency standards for energy use; and,
- programs to promote development of renewable energy sources.
In the video released this weekend, Obama is quoted as saying:
"This Tuesday, I'll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go - - a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it."
"This is a serious challenge - - but it's one uniquely suited to America's strengths."
"We'll need scientists to design new fuels, and farmers to grow them."
"We'll need engineers to devise new sources of energy, and businesses to make and sell them."
"We'll need workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy."
"And we'll need all of us, as citizens, to do our part to preserve God's creation for future generations - - our forests and waterways, our croplands and snowcapped peaks."
"There's no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can."
"So I hope you'll share this message with your friends. Because this is a challenge that affects everyone - - and we all have a stake in solving it together."
Our blog this week will focus on President Obama's climate change speech, the plans proposed by the U.S. to address climate change and global warming as well as the various responses and debates that will emerge as a result.