WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE, 2013 |
Obama Calls For More Solar To Help Battle Climate Change
U.S President Barack Obama has put solar and other renewables in the spotlight
as part of a plan to reduce the nation's carbon emissions.
The President also expressed his growing impatience with lawmakers in denial
over humanity's role in climate change, stating "We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth
During the first term of Obama's Presidency, the United States more than doubled generation of electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources.
President's Climate Action Plan
(PDF), a goal has been set to double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020.
Under the Plan, all Federal buildings would be required to source 20% of their
electricity supply from renewables from 2020.
The U.S. will also work with trading partners to launch negotiations at the World Trade Organization towards global free trade in environmental goods, including
renewable energy equipment.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
(SEIA), called the Plan a "watershed moment" in the nation's history
and applauded Obama's understanding of the threats posed by climate change.
"We commend him for offering a bold, decisive plan to combat climate change and to mitigate the impacts of carbon pollution. But this isnít just the Presidentís legacy at stake
- itís also ours. Letís not be remembered as the generation of Americans that could have made a difference, but didnít."
The news is particularly heartening to the nation's solar industry as the Plan
will ensure expansion, more jobs and more research and development; to the
benefit of all.
"This is our moment in time. Americaís solar energy industry stands ready
to do our part to help fight climate change and usher in a new era of clean
energy in America and around the world. Despite what some critics say, this
isnít a choice between clean energy and a robust economy. We can have both,
and solar is showing how to make that possible," said Mr. Resch.
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