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America is FINISHED = Barack Obama to cut emissions in vow to save planet
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 26051574:MV8yMjc0NDUwXzM4NzM3ODQ1XzIyNUNBNDYz] America is finished because its falling behind technologically. We LED in emmissions and mpg for decades because we wanted to. Now we follow Europe. We don't have the fastest trains. We don't have the fastest ferries. I remember 1973 when people said the same as the OP about cutting lead from gasoline and raising MPG. It was a challenge and it was met on time and as well as advertised. This is just racist hyperbole from OP. [/quote]
In sweeping proposals released after four years of frustrated efforts, Mr Obama ordered new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants and called for America to ready its defences against an already-changing climate.
The president also surprised environmentalists by signalling he would reject a controversial oil pipeline if it was found to “significantly exacerbate” the problem of carbon pollution.
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that is beyond fixing,” Mr Obama told students at Georgetown University. “As a president, as a father and as an American I’m here to say we need to act.”
Mr Obama first promised a new push on climate change during his inagural address on a freezing morning in January, warning that failing to cut emissions “would betray our children”.
Today, as Washington sweltered in the summer heat, Mr Obama finally laid out the details of his plan, which can be carried out by executive order and therefore do not need Congressional approval.
link to www.telegraph.co.uk
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