Our President and his Environmental Policies
“So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it is too late…As a president, as a father and as an American, I am here to say we need to act” were the words of our President during his major climate speech on June 25, 2013 in the University of Georgetown. During his speech, President Obama emphasized that we need to start taking action and do something about the climate changes that our planet is experiencing. President Obama’s administration has been really committed to do something about the environment and despite the critics and the difficulties that he is comforting from the opposite party, President Obama has continually done a lot for the environment. Michael Grunwald on his article about New Energy in the Time magazine says “Obama has done more to reduce emission than anybody else in history, but his critics on the right and on the left haven’t noticed it” (22).
President Obama has announced during his speech on June 25 the actions that he will take to reduce the climate changes that are affecting our planet. So far the president has worked to make this subject a national priority, and he sees it as a great source for job creation which will help our economy. Since he became President in 2009 and even before during his presidential campaign, President Obama promised to take the subject of climate change seriously and he talked about doing changes on the automobile industry by making more energy efficient vehicles. He also discussed the idea to invest more on alternative clean energy by building wind and solar plants, and he also promised to make a bill for higher fuel efficient standards that will reduce carbon emissions. Grunwald states that during his first term as President, “Obama was able to start 45 renewable-electricity projects…, enough to power 4.4 million homes…, he was able to slash the government’s carbon emission by 15%, jack up vehicle efficiency standards enough to...
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