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Barack Obama

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President Obama and Al Gore

Summary

Barack Obama is the current President of the United States. A former one term senator from Illinois, Obama has supported several initiatives to reduce carbon emmissions in the US. Once elected President he made climate change a central issue for his administration. A cap and trade bill was pushed through the House with his approval, and he made a very publisized visit to the Copenhagen summit in late 2009.


Quotes

  • “…the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it — boldly, swiftly, and together — we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”
  • “Rising sea levels threaten every coastline. More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent. More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees.”
  • “For these are the nations that are already living with the unfolding effects of a warming planet — famine and drought; disappearing coastal villages and the conflict that arises from scarce resources. Their future is no longer a choice between a growing economy and a cleaner planet, because their survival depends on both. It will do little good to alleviate poverty if you can no longer harvest your crops or find drinkable water.”
  • We know that our planet’s future depends on a global commitment to permanently reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
  • The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.”
  • Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high. The consequences, too serious.”
  • “And this is where religious faith and the science of global warming converge: We have to find resources in ourselves to make sacrifices so we don’t leave it to the next generation. We’ve got to be less wasteful, both as a society and in our own individual lives. I think religion can actually bolster our desire to make those sacrifices now.” Source

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Votes

Obama was hardly in the Senate long enough to vote on much of anything. However as President he supports climate change legislation.


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