In the aftermath of several extreme weather manifestations which took their toll on the United States, President Barack Obama finds himself with no choice except do his best to tackle climate change and its impact on the country's economy and agriculture.Hence his decision to use his second inauguration speech as an opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to deal with global warming and to investigate in harvesting green energy sources.
Despite the fact that there are still some who argue against the scientific evidence in favor of global warming and climate change, the US President seems to be well aware of the fact that these ongoing phenomena are responsible for the fact that storms, droughts and the like are becoming ever more aggressive.
According to Mongabay, Barack Obama's exact words on the matter at hand were as follows:
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
“Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms,” the US President went on to add.
As Barack Obama explained, climate change can only be dealt with by improving on the ecological footprint of the country's various industries.
More precisely, the United States must see to it that their energy industry no longer relies heavily on fossil fuels and other so-called dirty energy sources. Thus, the country must turn towards renewables instead, as these pose both environmental and financial benefits.
“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it,” the US President said.
Furthermore, “That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure—our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.”