“Few challenges facing America—and the world - are more urgent than combating climate change,” Obama has said. “The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season. Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, if left unaddressed, will continue to weaken our economy and threaten our national security.
Obama continues that “too often, Washington has failed to show the same kind of leadership. That will change when I take office. My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process. “That will start with a federal cap and trade system,” he says. “We will establish strong annual targets that set us on a course to reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80 percent by 2050. Further, we will invest $15 billion each year to catalyze private sector efforts to build a clean energy future. We will invest in solar power, wind power, and next generation biofuels. We will tap nuclear power, while making sure it’s safe. And we will develop clean coal technologies.
Obama adds, “This investment will not only help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making the United States more secure. And it will not only help us bring about a clean energy future, saving our planet. It will also help us transform our industries and steer our country out of this economic crisis by generating five million new green jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.”
(Oscar note: See Icecap.us, a scientific site that continually presents evidence demonstrating that:
1) HUMAN induced global warming has never been proven;
2) global warming has NOT occurred since 1998;
3) in fact, global COOLING has been verified for the last two years;
4) strong evidence shows the cooling trend will continue for several years and may increase in 10 to 15 years.)
(Icecap note: Temperatures have declined for 7 years and sea levels have paused in their rise. 5 of the last 7 decades since WWII and post war boom have shown cooling, not exactly an endorsement for the greenhouse gas warming theory. Climate models are failing even the ones from the IPCC from 2007.
Obama is not taking heed of the devastating economic impact of cap and trade on EU, UK, Canada and New Zealand, where countries are abandoning their emission goals and or kicking out the ruling parties. Obama is on the right track partially with the energy plans. We need to exploit our energy resources including nucleer, clean coal, but wind and solar will only be single digit answers anytime soon. We need all of us to conserve energy. We need the ability to drill offshore and tap our in ground resources of fossil fuel - clean burning natural gas and oil. Let’s hope market forces and public pressure drive an “all of the above solution” although I think it may take brownouts and blackouts before the politicos tell the enviros to back off their untenable positions.)
(for charts, graphs and tables see more at icecap.us)