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Energy, Environment and Climate

Obama on Climate Change: We Cannot Ignore a Peril Affecting Generations

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015

Confronting climate change is now a key pillar of American global leadership, President Obama said on May 21. "Around the world, climate change increases the risk of instability and conflict," he told cadets in remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement. "Rising seas are already swallowing low-lying lands, from Bangladesh to Pacific islands, forcing people from their homes. Caribbean islands and Central American coasts are vulnerable, as well. Globally, we could see a rise in climate change refugees," the President said. "Climate change, and especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security, our economic infrastructure, the safety and health of the American people. (...) Over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever to reduce harmful emissions, unprecedented investments to cut energy waste in our homes and building, standards to double the fuel efficiency of our vehicles," he said. "We're using more clean energy than ever before -- more solar, more wind.  It’s all helped us reduce our carbon emissions more than any other advanced nation. And today, we can be proud that our carbon pollution is near its lowest levels in almost two decades. But we’ve got to do more."

 the Obama Administration is unveiling the third U.S. National Climate Assessment—the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.
The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkidssustainable future for our kids and grandkids. (See the Fact Sheet)