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Obama promising action on climate change

11-26-2012 16:04 BJT Special Report:UN Climate Change Conference in Doha |

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By CCTV correspondent Nina Donaghy

Wildfires, drought and storms, attacked successively by extreme weathers, America realized that they can not ignore the climate change any more and something effective must be done.

Barack Obama, American President, said, "We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by a warming planet."

A newly re-elected president Obama promised action on climate change and less than a week later again promising to prioritize action on the issue: "I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions. And as a consequence I think we’ve got an obligation to future generations to do something about it. "

Strong words indeed, but for the first time since 1984 climate change did not feature in any of the 2012 presidential debates.

Friends of the earth were just one of the environmental groups who took issue, saying "by ignoring climate change, both president Obama and governor Romney are telling the rest of the world we do not take it seriously, and that America cannot be expected to act with the intensity and urgency needed to avert a catastrophe."

Environmental activist and former vice president Al Gore joined the protest. Ever since President Bush pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, US environmental and economic policies have been intertwined.

The wind production industry benefited from Obama tax credits, and he has tied the controversial keystone pipeline to making America less dependent on foreign oil. he capped carbon emissions, but providing a 527 million dollar loan to failed solar energy company ’Solyndra’ caused great embarrassment.

The next UN climate negotiation, which is called COP18 as
the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is due to start
on Nov. 26 in Doha, Qatar. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

This year alone America has been battered by wildfires, drought and severe storms - all textbook signs of a changing climate. But a pragmatic president Obama knows his environmental policy must benefit the US economy: "if on the other hand we can shape an agenda that says we can create jobs, advance growth and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader, I think that’s something the American people would support."

The Obama administration spent 90 million dollars on creating ’green jobs’ and the 2009 fiscal stimulus package funded wind and solar energy companies but to put this all into perspective - currently only 3 per cent of the US energy supply comes from these sources.


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