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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1545 on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »
The Speech That Saved The Planet

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Tuesday November 13, 2018 · 7:24 PM EST

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What We're Fighting For

My Fellow Americans:

I stand before you tonight, not only as your President, but also as a father, and as a grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren.  It is on their behalf, and on behalf of all the children and grandchildren of the world, that I ask for your attention, for it is their future that now hangs in the balance. 

One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists.  The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities.  This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren.  Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe.  But there may still be time.  My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs.  We must act boldly.  We must act selflessly.  But above all, we must act now.

There are those who continue to cynically or ignorantly deny this crisis.  For decades we have indulged their stubborn intransigence even as the evidence has become incontrovertible.  But the luxury of time is no longer ours.  The time for talk is over.  We must act.

There are those who still cling to the fantasy that technology will save us; that we can avoid personal sacrifice and rely on our scientists’ and engineers’ ingenuity to forestall catastrophe.  But the stark truth is that no such technology exists today.  Nor will it exist this year, or this decade.  And twelve years is all we have to prevent the worst effects of global warming from becoming our children’s reality.  We must act.

There are those nihilists among us who suggest that all is lost, that action is futile, that we may as well succumb to the inevitable.  But science tells us that we still have a fighting chance to save this planet, and if there is even a chance, I say we must seize it with all our might and all our determination and all our resources and fight until the bitter end.   We must act now.

Finally, there are those defeatists who say that America is too divided, too distracted, too apathetic and self-absorbed to mobilize for such a massive undertaking.  Yet throughout our history, America has shown time and again that we can rise to meet the occasion; that we do not shy from a fight when the cause is just – and what cause could be more just than the preservation of the very Earth that sustains us?  We must act now! 

What will it take?  Nothing less than a transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, which is to say our way of life.  As we did in World War II, we must mobilize every man, woman, and child; every factory and corporation; every school and place of worship – every resource in our possession – to achieve our ends. 

Sacrifice will be required from all our citizens.  Yet this transformation will also yield great benefits. Millions will be put to work across the country building and maintaining the new clean-energy economy and infrastructure.  Millions of lives will be saved and improved by the cleaner air we will breathe.  Millions will be spared the scourge of infectious disease now forecast to afflict us.  We may be able to save our great coastal cities from destruction by the sea; our fertile plains from destruction by drought; our forests from destruction by infestation and blight; and our coral reefs and ocean life from destruction by acidification and temperature rise.   Plants and animals now doomed to extinction may recover and thrive.  We may, indeed, be able to pass on to our progeny a world more healthy, clean, and beautiful than the one we inherited.

If we can do this – and I believe we can – then we must.  And so today, I say that we will.  Together, we will save this planet we share and love.  And when we do, we will take our rightful place among those generations before us who rose to meet the challenge of their time. 

In the coming weeks, I will lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through a combination of greenhouse gas regulation, carbon pricing, energy-efficiency initiatives, and a “Manhattan Project” initiative to rapidly develop and deploy new clean energy and carbon capture technologies.  These plans will require Congressional action, which I hope will be swift, and judicial review, which I expect will be favorable.  Above all, they will require the united support of the American people, which I hope and pray will be overwhelming.  And to those who would resist our efforts, let me be clear:  I am sworn to protect and defend this nation against ALL threats.  No threat could be greater than that posed by climate change, and I intend to use all the power at my disposal to protect our country.

Of course, we cannot win this battle alone; we must immediately engage the world in intensive diplomacy to ensure that our efforts are matched by the other major polluting nations.  But America has a special obligation as both the world’s leading per capita emitter of greenhouse gas, and, more importantly, as leader of the free world.  It is up to us to set the example. 

For fifty years, we have watched this enemy approach, relentlessly and remorselessly, and we have done little to prepare or to defend ourselves.  Now, the enemy is at our shores.  Will we rise to the occasion, as we have so often before in our history?  Or will we succumb to denial and defeatism as the world burns?   I would like to say that we will be judged by the actions we take today, and should we succeed in this great endeavor, I believe this is true.  But the hard truth is that, should we fail, there may be none remaining to judge.  Therefore, for the sake of our children, our democracy, and our planet, let us do everything in our power to succeed – starting now.   

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/13/1812548/-The-Speech-That-Saved-The-Planet

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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