Obama Everglades trip to highlight week focusing on climate change

20 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Everglades trip to highlight week focusing on climate change.

When President Barack Obama makes his first visit to the Florida Everglades on Earth Day this Wednesday, he will be midway through a week spent highlighting the risks of climate change and using a state considered among the nation’s most vulnerable as his best example. Obama pointed out that 2014 was the warmest year on record, and that 14 of the 15 hottest years measured have occurred since the start of this century. Throughout the week, Obama will outline risks to the economy and ways in which his administration is spending money and resources to fight what has increasingly become a priority, his staff said Monday.

With legislative efforts dead on Capitol Hill in the face of Republican opposition, Obama has sought to move forward on his own in ways large and small. The Washington Post notes that Governor Rick Scott’s administration reportedly tried to “ban” state officials from using the term, and presidential hopeful Sen. Obama chose to use the Everglades as his backdrop to show risks that remain intangible for much of the country but are already being felt in low-lying South Florida, policy advisor Brian Deese said in an email. One Floridian who staunchly disagrees with Obama’s assessment of the threat climate change poses to the planet is Senator Marco Rubio, a man who would like to succeed him in the White House. “Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people are trying to make us believe, for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there’s never been a moment where the climate is not changing,” Rubio said Sunday on Face the Nation. “The question is, what percentage of that … is due to human activity? At the same, it is working on clean energy sources like wind power and solar power, and requiring better fuel efficiency standards in cars and trucks.

Obama has larger initiatives underway, as well, including a major climate pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that the United States struck with China last fall. In his radio address, Obama said that climate is “an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency.” He said it is about “protecting our God-given natural wonders,” and “shielding our cities and our families from disaster and harm” generated by global warming. “This is the only planet we’ve got,” he said. “And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it.” Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who announced his candidacy last month, said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “And many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up.”

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