President Barack Obama spent Earth Day 2015 in the Florida Everglades. In his weekly address, he stated once again that the single greatest threat to the planet is climate change, an issue he previously addressed in the yearly state of the nation address given in January.
In his address, president issued the following warning, according to CBS News.
“Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. This is the only planet we’ve got. And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it.”
The President then took his claim one step further and suggested that based information from the Defense Department, climate change is an issue of national security, according to Bloomberg.
“The world’s top climate scientists are warning us that the changing climate already affects the air our kids breathe… The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security.”
At least one member of Congress disagrees with the president, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). On the Sunday edition of Face the Nation, Senator Rubio made the following remarks.
“Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people are trying to make us believe, for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there’s never been a moment where the climate is not changing. The question is, what percentage of that… is due to human activity? If we do the things they want us to do, cap-and-trade, you name it, how much will that change the pace of climate change versus how much will that cost to our economy?”
President Barack Obama recently reached an agreement with China on curbing carbon emissions and touted his administration’s efforts to create more sources of renewable energy. As previously reported in Inquisitr, the president is fighting a two-front war, and some in Congress have been critical of his policy towards Iran’s nuclear weapons program adding to the number of issues the president has on his plate. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il) stated that Iran has already tried to backtrack on its promises to the president.
The president also suffered another blow this week when the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on his plan to go forward with his plan to give quasi-legal status to illegal immigrants and their children. The court is expected to rule 2-1 against President Barack Obama.
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