Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

Environment Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions.  Environment Minnesota and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

“Minnesota is already paying a price as global warming fuels more damaging storms like those that ravaged Duluth in 2012,” said Madeline Page, field organizer with Environment Minnesota. “Protecting our children from even more devastating consequences demands bold leadership. President Obama realizes this and we hope his plan will truly begin to safeguard our children’s future.”  

One aspect of the plan that Environment Minnesota and others will be watching closely is how it addresses carbon pollution from power plants. Despite being the largest sources of the carbon pollution fueling global warming, power plants have no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution they can spew into our air. The president’s plan could take a pivotal step toward changing that.

“President Obama’s climate plan should clean up the largest global warming polluters and advance clean energy solutions, to help protect Minnesotans and future generations from more severe weather and other consequences of global warming,” said Page. “In addition to cleaning up carbon pollution from power plants, we will look for the president’s plan to advance energy efficiency measures and expand renewable energy—two critical steps toward getting the nation on track to a truly clean energy future.”

Residents of Minnesota have voiced support for Pres. Obama’s action, and more than 3.2 million Americans submitted public comments last year in support of the president setting limits on carbon pollution from power plants, including over 48,000 Minnesotans. Numerous organizations and opinion leaders from Minnesota have spoken out in support as well.    

Left unchecked, global warming is likely to result in everything from more intense storms to more unhealthy air days here in Minnesota. Scientists have warned that time is short to make the necessary cuts in carbon pollution to protect future generations from the worst consequences of global warming.  

Cities and states across the country have been successfully implementing climate action plans and renewable energy solutions. Just last month, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that will boost clean, solar energy in Minnesota by more than 30-fold by 2020, and a goal of 10% by 2030.  Local elected officials have also been spearheading the effort to shield Minnesotans from the worst effects of global warming.  These programs have helped cut carbon pollution, and paved the way for Tuesday’s plan for federal action from Pres. Obama.

“Environment Minnesota and our thousands of members and supporters stand ready to assist the president in taking ambitious steps to cut global warming pollution,” concluded Page.