The highly anticipated speech on climate came from President Obama Tuesday afternoon. The president proceeded to lay out his plan to deal with climate change, saying the debate is over.
President Obama’s major speech, speculated about for the last several days, was delivered from Georgetown University where he said his administration would be taking a firm stance on the issue, as reported AP.
Referring to Republican opponents who still argue that climate change is not human-caused, Obama stated that “we don’t have time for the Flat Earth society” and that the time for discussion was over.
Critics who argue that climate regulation will hurt business and kill job growth, which is “what they said every time,” stated Obama. Adding, “And every time, they’ve been wrong.”
Stressing the need for action before it’s too late, President Obama announced that he would be sponsoring new federal regulations.
These regulations would aim to “put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution” by power plants by limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Obama explained that his administration would only approve of its construction if it can be proven to not increase overall greenhouse gas emissions.
President Obama hopes this compromise will win over liberal conservationists who have strongly opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial pipeline would bring shale oil into the US down from Canada.
Among Obama’s other initiatives included further allowance of public land use going toward renewable and alternative energy generation.
Billions in federal loans would also be set aside to spur technology innovation and development geared toward limiting unwanted emissions and increasing energy use efficiency.
Before the end of the president’s second term, Obama also announced that he would also like to see several international treaties signed regarding restrictions on greenhouse emissions.
President Obama’s climate speech has generated strong disapproval from Republicans who maintain that such regulations will hurt the economy.
Individuals on the other side of the issue were more mixed in their response, seeing the climate speech as a partial victory, but disappointed that Obama is still open to permitting the Keystone XL.