Tuesday, 15 June 2010 21:02

President Obama Urges Clean Energy Future, Calls for Nation to Act

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The president called for action toward a clean energy future in his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office, saying, "The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now." While the US consumes more than one-fifth of the world's oil, the nation has less than two percent of the world's oil reserves. This discrepancy is "part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean– because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." Obama also called upon Congress to move forward on energy and climate legislation. "Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill– a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses." Although there are costs to making the transition, he said, "I say we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater." Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has become the leading nonprofit climate change solutions organization, with a mission to help you reduce your climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please take action now, or learn more about the clean, renewable energy projects that Carbonfund.org supports. You can find the full text of the president's address by clicking here. Image Credit: Alex Brandon/AP
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