Hurricane Sandy victims are gathering in front of the White House to protest President Barack Obama’s climate change policy. Superstorm Sandy victims and other environmental activists will release a global warming petition boasting 280,000 signatures.
The climate change petition lays out a plan to “tackle” the problem and also asked President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, Talk Radio News notes. The Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sand to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico region from western Canada.
President Obama is expected to request more funds for clean energy technology during the State of the Union address. During his inauguration, the president promised his administration would “respond to the threat” of climate change during his second term in office. He also maintained failing to combat global warming would “betray” the children of today and future generations.
An excerpt from President Obama’s inaugural speech read:
“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.”
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, both New York and New Jersey announced plans to limit development in “vulnerable” coastal areas, Forbes reports. San Francisco is also implementing a “managed retreat” of integral coastal highway due to rising sea levels.
Hurricane Sandy victims will speak about their experiences after the storms, Forecast The Facts notes. White House climate change protestors will also read from an open letter to President Obama. In addition to Hurricane Sandy survivors, protesters from CREDO, Moms Clean Air Force, and 350.org will participate in the White House global warming protest.
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