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The President Steps Up

January 22, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when Mr. Obama gave action on climate change a prominent place in his inaugural address. He said:

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.  That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snow-capped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

It is up to us to provide the encouragement and support he will need during the battles which are sure to come with a recalcitrant, backwards congress. Please communicate with him frequently about these issues and emphasis the need for good planning and a vigorous policy framework.

It looks like he will have to use executive orders until 2014 when we can replace the congressional deniers and laggards. We must however pressure congress relentlessly and force them to give ground where ever possible. On the right hand side of this page you will find links to contact the President, your Senators and House Representatives. Use them early in the fight, use them often and use them until we win.

 

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