Obama knows that climate change is real
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE
A study published in May 2013 found that 97% of
scientists agree that man-made climate change is a
occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and
poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
There is no significant scientific disagreement on these
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Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon
dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, caused by human
activity like burning fossil fuels and land use changes.
CO2 traps energy from the sun, raising the earth’s
average temperature, and causing unpredictable—and
[NASA, accessed 7/16/2013]
According to scientists, carbon dioxide levels in the
atmosphere are at the highest levels in 3-5 million years.
Climate change is happening. The 12 hottest years on
record have all come in the last 15 years. Severe storms,
the most severe drought in decades, and the worst
wildfires some states have ever seen have all occurred
in the past few years.
Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods are all now
more frequent and intense, and are projected to worsen
in the future.
Climate change could cause sea levels to rise between
one to six feet within the next hundred years, causing
grave damage to coastal cities and communities.
Climate change will have other severe economic
impacts, causing disruptions across our economy,
including in the energy, agricultural, and transportation
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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN
President Obama has said that we must respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure
to do so would betray our children and future generations. He called on Congress
to take action, but made
it clear that if they won’t act, he will.
On Tuesday, June 25, President Obama laid out his vision for a common-sense plan to combat climate change
by reducing carbon pollution, preparing our country for the impacts of climate change, leading global efforts
to fight it, and putting America
’s ingenuity to work. Details of the President’s plan can be found at barackobama.
As a nation of innovators, we will meet the challenge of climate change in a way that advances our economy,
our environment, and public health at the same time. We don’t have to choose between the health of our
children and the health of our economy. Taking action to reduce carbon pollution will spark new jobs and
industries building cleaner and more efficient American
-made energy technologies.