Whether we like it or not climate change is a real process, and this is the first time in our history, where our everyday activities have a drastic effect on our planet. " EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said. "Our commerce and trade, our population growth and our social behavior are having profound effects on our environment." The troubling thing is that we have only started to realize now what we are doing after we have caused 100's of years of destruction. Jackson spoke at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen on the third day. The conference is trying to address the problems of global warming by creating an international binding treaty to control greenhouse gas emissions that are believed to raise Earth's temperature.
President Obama will also be speaking at the conference and is scheduled to speak on the 18th of December. Since taking the job of President Obama has been a advocate for positive change, and many believe the climate conference is a steppingstone to a full accord in 2010. The presidents decision to be apart of the conference is a sign of his commitent and leadership to find a solution to the global threat of climate change. This will lead to a new era with a sustainable and prosperous clean energy future for our planet.
The new climate accord will take the place of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which required 37 industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gas emission by an average of 5% by 2012. Nations like the United States, Japan, China, and India where at the center of the talks considering they are widely regarded as the main contributors to global warming. President Obama is prepared to set the U.S. target emissions reduction of 17% by 2020 and has his sights set for a 83% reduction by 2050.
On December 7th the EPA made a statement that greenhouse gas emissions pose a grave danger to the environment and human health. The Obama administration has also established new energy standard for commercial and residential products and strict fuel standards for cars and light trucks. The administration is also starting to promote offshore energy projects such as wind energy and the government has proposed new vehicle standards which require 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Starting in January the government will be tracking 85% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which is seen as the first move toward greenhouse gas reduction.
The government is starting to take many promising steps to reduce climate change and turn it in the opposite direction. We are developing new technology and energy efficent ways to get things done without the greenhouse gas emissions. This is only a start and much more will need to be done for a clean energy future.
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