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Obama’s speech and the environment


 

A number of references to tackling climate change in Barack Obama’s historic inauguration speech. Obama has long made climate change a key part of his program, with his stimulus package, creating green jobs, and the incoming cap and trade program. In his words:

– He talked about “restoring science to its rightful place;” likely partly a veiled reference to his appointment of Nobel prize winner Steven Chu as Energy Secretary, who is regarded as a key player in the administration’s climate change program.

– “We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.” Obama’s $875 billion stimulus package is hoped to create 3-4 million jobs, many of them in clean tech.

– “Nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect.”

-“Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.”


 
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