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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 19, 2013 2:40 PM Flag

    Obama calls climate change the ‘global threat of our time’ in Berlin address

    Obama calls climate change the ‘global threat of our time’ in Berlin address

    By Ben Geman - 06/19/13 11:51 AM ET

    President Obama on Wednesday called climate change the “global threat of our time" in a speech in Berlin.

    Amid signs the White House is getting ready to unveil new executive-level steps to curb greenhouse gases, Obama linked fighting climate change to peace and justice while calling for bold action.

    “Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet," he said in a speech at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. "The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.”

    Obama touted his first-term work on green energy and boosting auto efficiency rules, but added: “We know we have to do more — and we will do more.”

    The White House within the next few weeks is expected to outline executive actions to be taken by the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments.

    Obama’s climate aide Heather Zichal previewed the plan in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

    Obama said Wednesday that a global climate accord is needed.

    “With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some. For the grim alternative affects all nations — more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert,” Obama said.

    “This is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work,” he said, according to a White House transcript.

    United Nations-led talks are aimed at striking a new global accord in 2015 that would come into force in 2020.

    But negotiators face huge hurdles in crafting a binding deal that can win support from developed nations, emerging economies and poor nations most at risk from rising sea levels an

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    • Climate change is nothing new. Think about the Ice Age...headlines then would have read, "The earth is melting!"

    • I found it interesting he had to leave the country to give this speech. Why Germany? Like they care about global warming. Ever been to Germany? And why just retoric? Why not actual details of just "how" one plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Pretty lame speech. Other than forcing utilities to switch over faster from coal to natural gas, which would be good for Chevron, I cannot think of anything he could do. Even that is not at the whim of a president. Already tougher new emission regs. in place. He is simply hinting at a new tax? Probably. That ol carbon tax thing...which gets passed on from utility to consumer....seems most likely. Great. Thanks Mr. President. More taxes....just what we need.

      • 2 Replies to grgsvll
      • The only threat to our time is obama and all of his lies and bull shitz.

      • dixie047 Jun 20, 2013 2:44 PM Flag

        Obama is still running from Benghazi, the Boston Marathon terrorism and now, that plane that was shot down by a missile over Long Island that killed 203 people (FAA reopening that case yesterday, as strong evidence suggests a hand-held rocket launch from a boat in L.I. Sound hit the commercial jet liner). The "GLOBAL THREAT OF OUR TIME", Pres Obama is TERRORISM; he knows it or he is one hell of an idiot. He is no leader; he wastes time on fancy speeches - he is popular in Germany and France, maybe he should live there.

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