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Post-Inaugural Reflections on the White House and Greenhouse Gases

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Within an impassioned second inaugural address, President Barack Obama recently offered the following motivated remarks concerning climate change:

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  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.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition.  We must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries.  We must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure, our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow capped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.”

Strong words, surely.  But what exactly lies ahead?  Mr. Obama’s specific second-term plans for mitigating climate change are anticipated to be revealed in greater detail within his upcoming State of the Union address scheduled for February 12, 2013.  But in the interim, it’s possible to speculate where we may be headed if we take a look at efforts related to climate change executed by the President during his first term.

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