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Global Green USA’s State of the Union Reaction

January 29th, 2014

By the Policy & Legislative Affairs Department

Obama SOTU Quote

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night has got people talking—especially in the environmental community.  While we are encouraged to see the President directly address climate change, his ongoing support for natural gas and fracking remains a step in the wrong direction for the environment and the country.

The President’s unabashed recognition of climate change was one of the strongest statements we’ve ever seen from him. He stated:

“But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

Global Green applauds President Obama for directly addressing the urgency to respond to climate change—and not merely under the umbrella of stimulating the economy through cleaner energy technologies. In the continuing media saga drawing undue attention to climate change deniers, it is refreshing to hear our nation’s leader confidently state the truth.

To that end, the President committed to setting higher fuel efficiency standards for trucks; new, tighter standards on the amount of CO2 that power plants can release into the air; and increased investment in solar rather than tax breaks for fossil fuels. Yet in almost the same breath, the President also championed natural gas as “the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.”

Increasing our investment in natural gas, as part of the President’s “all of the above” energy strategy, is the wrong direction for the country. The infrastructure currently being built to support this industry will exist for several decades and continue to emit dangerous greenhouse gases.

More importantly, there is another way. Scientists, including Professor Marc Z. Jacobson of Stanford University (whom we recently honored at our 2013 Sustainable Design Awards), have outlined ways to power the United States—and even the entire planet—on 100% renewable energy without having to resort to dirty and dangerous options like fracking and natural gas production.

We will continue to support and promote clean, renewable alternatives like Jacobson’s as the right solution for the country, and will continue to follow this issue as it plays out on the national, state, and local levels.

Weekly Rewind: January 23-29

January 30th, 2012

bl_loraxGreen news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Hope for Clean Energy: President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on clean energy — hearing “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy” was certainly a highlight (more highlights and summaries on our blog). Then he elaborated on his energy strategies in Las Vegas (Huffington Post story).

I AM Winner: We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22 (I AM winner post; Pre-Oscar party details and tickets).

Good Business: The United Nations launched an online database to help businesses adapt to climate change (Tcktcktck story).

Sunny Days: We talked to the Los Angeles Daily News about the rise of solar power in LA (LA Daily News story).

Good Protection: The EPA is providing clean drinking water to Pennsylvania homes in the fracking zone (ProPublica story).

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Activists: A fourth grade class got its wish after posting a petition asking the studio behind “The Lorax” to include environmental educational materials on the website for movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic (Mother Jones story).

Cleaning Up: The United States Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed the safe destruction of almost 90% of the 31,500 U.S. tons of deadly chemical agents that have been stored at military arsenals in the U.S. since the middle of the last century. (Our post)

Playing Dirty: Scientists were asked to downplay BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill rates (LA Times story). Even messier: An ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil (Grist story).

State of the Union: Clean Energy Talk

January 25th, 2012

bl_obama_sotuDuring President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, it was hopeful to hear him declare, “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy.” Also great: “We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough.” He took the opportunity to say we don’t have to choose between the environment and our economy, and that he believes in a “strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs” — and “a future where we’re in control of our own energy.” We would love the future energy to be clean energy (no thanks to more drilling for oil and fracking).

More on the speech: The speech transcript from the White House and good summaries on Grist and Huffington Post Green.