President Obama to Address the Growing Threat of Climate Change

National Televised Speech Set for Tuesday

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President Barack Obama will speak on the growing threat of climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, at 1:35 p.m. He will lay out his vision of where we need to go, to do what we can to address and prepare for the serious implications of a changing climate in the absence of action by a divided Congress, he said in this video release from the White House. We will carry the story here since it is the biggest story of our time.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama is preparing to unveil his long-awaited national plan to combat climate change due to human induced global warming in a major televised speech.

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President Barack Obama in Birmingham

“There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change,” Obama said in an online video released by the White House on Saturday. “But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.”

Sources who have been consulting with White House officials on the president’s plan say they expect new federal regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by existing coal-fired power plans.

Environmental groups have been lobbying the administration to not only issue new regulations for new power plants but existing plants as well. The Environmental Protection Agency, with legal authority under the Clean Air Act, has already proposed controls on new plants, but the rules have been delayed, leading some states and environmental groups to threaten lawsuits.

White House sources say the president has been considering whether it would be prudent to include existing plants.

Heather Zichal, the president’s senior energy and climate adviser, said last week that controls on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants would be a major focus, but that the plan would also boost energy efficiency of appliances and buildings and expand the search for renewable energy sources.

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