Obama: The clean energy economy as an engine for growth

President Obama spoke at a graduation ceremony, pressing for climate action (15/6/2014). Here is a taster:

“I’m going to talk about one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet faces: the growing threat of a rapidly changing climate. … And since this is a very educated group, you already know the science. Burning fossil fuels release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide traps heat. Levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years. … So the question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that question to rest. The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late. …

We can do this … not just for our climate, but for our economy. … tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities in the 21st century. The country that seizes this opportunity first will lead the way. A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine for growth and jobs for decades to come, and I want America to build that engine. Because if we do, others will follow. I want those jobs; I want those opportunities; I want those businesses right here in the United States of America.”

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/15/5812752/read-obama-s-full-speech-ripping-into-climate-deniers

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