CLIMATE & ENERGY TEXT EXCERPTS OF OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY)


By: - Climate DepotJanuary 12, 2016 9:17 PM with 3 comments

Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it.  You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.

But even if the planet wasn’t at stake; even if 2014 wasn’t the warmest year on record – until 2015 turned out even hotter – why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?

Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history.  Here are the results.  In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power.  On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more Americans than coal – in jobs that pay better than average.  We’re taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy – something environmentalists and Tea Partiers have teamed up to support.  Meanwhile, we’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth.

Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.

Now we’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy.  Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future – especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels.  That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.  That way, we put money back into those communities and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system.

None of this will happen overnight, and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests who want to protect the status quo.  But the jobs we’ll create, the money we’ll save, and the planet we’ll preserve – that’s the kind of future our kids and grandkids deserve.

Climate change is just one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world.  And that’s why the third big question we have to answer is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or trying to nation-build everywhere there’s a problem.


  • BernardP

    One has to admit the writing is clever. And he is right to point out that the belief in man-made climate change appears to be unstoppable. Even a new ice age would now be blamed on man-made climate change.

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  • DD More

    All discussions of what Obama wants to do should be weighted against this polling question.

    3. In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?

    NBC/WSJ.polling is not getting any attention.

    Dec 14 2015
    In addition, only 20 percent [Record high – 2009 May 7-9 Satisfied — 35%] of the public believes the country is headed in the right direction, versus a whopping 70 percent who think it’s on the wrong track. And 73 percent say they want the next president to take a different approach from President Obama’s. “This will become a high hurdle for the Democrats at some stage of the 2016 election,” says Yang, the Democratic pollster.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-th… [Hidden way down in the column]

    Date———– 2009 May 7-9
    Satisfied — 35%
    Dissatisfied — 62%
    Unsure – 3%
    http://www.gallup.com/file/poll/181964/MIP_Satisfaction_150311%20%20.pdf

    And this is the record lowest O-bama has been able to achieve for Dissatisfied on the direction of the country. all the rest were higher When every month of your Residency you have more than 62% of folks telling you are going the wrong way, it is a problem with leadership.