Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blue Team: Climate change plan sweeping the nation

By Madison Fitzpatrick and Kaitlind Luken, Blue Team
President Obama’s attempt to limit pollution from coal-fired power plants will hopefully sweep the nation.

In his speech this week at Georgetown University, Obama sought to take action before it’s too late. As the temperature escalates, ice caps are melting and the sea level is rising. We are doing very little to stop it.

Obama wants Americans to waste less energy, by requiring vehicles to burn less fuel and appliances to use less electricity. He also wants to limit the discharge of greenhouse gases such as methane.

As Obama said in his speech, “As a president, as a father and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act, I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that is beyond fixing.”

Obama released an extensive second-term drive Tuesday.  His goal is to combat climate change and secure a safer planet.

At the center of Obama’s plan are new controls on new and current power plants that release carbon dioxide. Heat-trapping gases can be blamed for global warming.

Obama’s campaign will come face to face with difficult obstacles along the way. Former EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said in an interview, “There will be legal challenges. No question about that.”

One of the challenges that Obama will face is that he doesn’t need Congress to carry out his plan, this will lead to making them mad.

We believe that Obama’s attempt will give us the push we need to make the right change, which will benefit us in the future.

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