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Towards the Obama's inauguration, environmental activists, and leaders of the world community in the country, are waiting for President Barack Obama action in the environmental field, especially on the issue of climate change. The waiting is finally answered by Obama in inaugural address for a second term as president of the United States.
Barack Obama claimed climate change as a personal mission of his second term as a president. He offers for the first time to take charge of the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the existential crisis.
President Barack Obama pledged in his inaugural address on Monday (20/01/2013) to respond to the threat of climate change. He said "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Mr. Obama said on Monday at the start of eight sentences on the subject, more than he devoted to any other specific area. “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.”
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Former Vice President Al Gore on Monday praised President Obama for addressing the issue of climate change during his second inaugural address. Gore wrote in his that Obama “spoke powerfully and eloquently about the critical importance of solving the climate crisis” in his speech to the nation.
According to estimates from the Natural Resources Defense Council, emissions from current coal-fired plants could be reduced by more than 25 percent by 2020, yielding large health and environmental benefits at relatively low cost. Such an approach would allow Mr. Obama to fulfil his 2009 pledge to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by about 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, the group says.
The regulatory push will be particularly essential because Mr. Obama has little prospect of winning as much money for clean energy as he did in his first term, with Republicans now in control of the House. Despite the renewed awareness to climate change following Hurricane Sandy and record-high temperatures in the continental United States last year, there is little sign that the politics of the issue will get any easier for Mr. Obama.
Obama, like his contender Mitt Romney, not often mentioned climate change on the campaign trail, and the White House, early in his first term, Obama decided to focus its messaging on green jobs and clean energy instead of global warming. Are the medium and large enterprises in the United States and other countries to produce goods and services that pay attention to aspects of the environment, and run an environmentally friendly process work? We have a major role to support businesses and products that are healthy, safe and environmentally friendly.
Alt and other environmental leaders said they are counting on Obama to set tough limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to continue federal investments in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Obama tried and failed in his first term to get a climate change bill through Congress. Some Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have pushed for a tax on carbon pollution, but White House officials say they have no plan to propose one.
Mr. Obama’s speech on his inaugural ceremony as president for a second time it will have a tough challenge from the Republican Party. As we know, the Republican Party is surrounded by great entrepreneurs and financiers whose business lot in the field of oil, guns, large contractors and businesses that are less friendly to environmental issues.
World also looking forward to Obama's program to help countries like Indonesia which has many environmental problems such as degraded forests, beaches that require a lot of improvements such as planting mangroves (hutan bakau) and other problems. Without the support of developed countries like the United States and the European Union Community, developing countries will be difficult to get funding and support to prevent global warming.
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Republicans in the United States should be more thoughtful, not just thinking of the interests of big companies that have been the main supporters of this party. Senators and House members of the Republican Party should think of the future generations of the people of the United States and the future of the people on other continents.
Let us support Obama's efforts to prevent global warming and the guarding party that republic in the United States so that a compromise could be more children in the future do not experience adverse events that would endanger the life, earth and the universe. Let’s recycle, reuse and create a better place for a better future.
A review of in this piece of writing was written with the additional of various important sources, namely: guardian.co.uk, huffingtonpost.com, thehill.com and nytimes.com