As reported on numerous occasions, US President Barack Obama seems quite eager to tackle climate change and global warming, simply because these ongoing phenomena are nothing if not likely to negatively impact on the American people and their lifestyle.Thus, during his 2013 State of the Union address, the President decided to reinforce his commitment to the environment by talking about issues such as the country's energy policy, climate, clean energy fossil fuels, transportation, energy efficiency and infrastructure.
Commenting on the energy policies now up and running, Barack Obama wished to draw attention to the fact that, thanks to several investments made in renewables and natural gas, the country's ecological footprint had improved to a considerable extent.
“We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen,” the President said.
Still, Barack Obama admits that further efforts are needed in order to combat the environmental threats that the American people are now facing. “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change,” he said.
As far as clean energy is concerned, the President urged that the country do its best in generating even more of it, seeing how renewables are both environmentally friendly and cheap.
“Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more,” the President stated.
Furthermore, Barack Obama proposed that the country fund a so-called Energy Security Trust, whose sole purpose would be that of developing new technologies aimed at helping the country's transportation industry put its oil dependency behind it.
Lastly, the US President argued that the country must strive to achieve ever higher levels of energy efficiency, and that investments in the national infrastructure were the best way to cut down on energy waste.
“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years,” Barack Obama stated.
Needless to say, environmentalists were quite glad to hear these promises and goals.