Obama’s Climate Action Begins!

Today, Obama announced his intention and plans to address climate disruption in a speech today.   It is more than many expected!   Ongoing support for carrying out this action will be needed.  Here is a link to the NY Times Story and a video of his speech.  From the article:

Carbon Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants

Mr. Obama proposed the first limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants and promised to complete pending rules for new plants. He will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to work with states and industries to devise standards for emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from existing power plants by June 2014, the aides said, and will finalize the rules in June of the following year.

The president will also direct the agency to complete standards for new fossil fuel power plants by the end of September. The rules, first proposed in April 2012, were supposed to be completed by April but are being rewritten to address potential legal and technical problems.

Tar Sands Pipeline:

He briefly addressed the pending decision on whether to allow the construction of a 1,200-mile pipeline from oil sands formations in Alberta to refineries in the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Mr. Obama, who has been under heavy political pressure from opponents and supporters of the $7 billion project, said the pipeline should be built only if it did not have a major effect on the climate.

“And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” Mr. Obama said in a statement that cheered pipeline opponents. “The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.”

Letters of support for his proposed action and stated position are encouraged.

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