Team Obama Really Pushing For This Climate Change Thing

Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:44 AM
Team Obama Really Pushing For This Climate Change Thing
Yesterday evening, the White House sent an email to supporters pushing for action on climate change. The email came just ours after President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University about the need to cut carbon emissions and increase fuel standards for vehicles.

First, from the White House:

Hi, all --

The carbon pollution that causes climate change isn't a distant threat, the risk to public health isn't a hypothetical, and it's clear we have a moral obligation to act.

The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years, and 2012 was the hottest one we've ever recorded. When carbon pollutes the air, the risk of asthma attacks increases. When the Earth's atmosphere fundamentally changes, we see more heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods.

These events also create an economic imperative to act. When farms wash away and crops wilt, food prices go up. Last year, we saw 11 different weather disasters that each cost the United States more than $1 billion.

And confronting this challenge isn't just about preventing disaster -- it's also about moving America forward in a way that creates hundreds of thousands of good, new, clean energy jobs. It's about wasting less energy, which saves money for every business and every family in America.

So the debate's over. It's time for action.

Here's what President Obama is announcing today. Check it out, then help to spread the word.

First, he's laying out a plan to cut carbon pollution in America -- by working to cut pollution from power plants, protect the health of our kids, boost clean energy, and revamp our transportation sector for the 21st century. Second, he's preparing the United States for the impacts of these changes -- by building stronger, safer communities and developing resources to make our country more resilient. And finally, he's leading international efforts to combat global climate change.

We've put together a graphic that breaks this all down -- from the effects we're already seeing to the specific actions we're going to take to lead this fight.

No single step can reverse the effects of climate change, but that's no excuse for inaction. We have a moral obligation to leave our kids a planet that's not broken and polluted.

So here's what we're going to do:

Share President Obama's plan to make sure people in your community understand why we're taking these steps and what comes next.  



David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
White House
On Monday, Organizing for Action, Obama's "non-political" community organizing arm, gave a preview of his remarks at Georgetown while asking for support.

Now, this is huge news:

President Obama is set to announce his plan this week to address the growing threat of climate change.

We'll know more specifics on Tuesday, but it's expected he'll offer a bold, national approach to reducing carbon pollution -- and lay out a vision to lead global efforts to fight climate change.

The powerful, well-financed forces who still deny the science behind climate change aren't going to like this -- and they'll be fighting this progress every step of the way. In fact, before he's even seen the plan, House Speaker John Boehner is calling it "absolutely crazy."

That's why President Obama is calling on all of us -- anyone who believes that climate change is a threat -- to join him in taking action right now.

Add your name today -- say you'll do your part to help fight climate change:

Thanks -- more on this soon.


Jon Carson
Executive Director
Organizing for Action

Meanwhile, climate change is not seen as a major threat by the majority of Americans.

Just two out of every five Americans, 40%, said that global climate change was a major threat to the United States.