'We Need to Act': Transcript of Obama's Climate Change Speech - Bloomberg
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he unveils his plan on climate change, June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech at Georgetown University announcing his new climate-change policy:
...And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution [sic] in our atmosphere have increased dramatically.
...Just last week, a heat wave in Alaska shot temperatures into the 90s.
...In fact, those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it -- they’re busy dealing with it...We doubled the mileage our cars will get on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.
...For the first time in 18 years, America is poised to produce more of our own oil than we buy from other nations. And today, we produce more natural gas than anybody else. So we're producing energy.
...But the reason we're all here in the heat today is because we know we've got more to do.
...We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and sulfur and arsenic in our air or our water, but power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.
Today, we use more clean energy -- more renewables and natural gas -- which is supporting hundreds of thousands of good jobs...our national interest will be served only if this project [Keystone pipeline[ does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.
...And countries like China and Germany are going all in in the race for clean energy...Your federal government will consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within the next seven years. We are going to set that goal.
As I said before, climate change has become a partisan issue, but it hasn’t always been. It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans led the way on new and innovative policies to tackle these issues.
Nobody has a monopoly on what is a very hard problem, but I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society. Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.... So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future.
Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.