President Obama to Unveil Climate Plan in Tuesday Speech [Video]

The U.S. president is scheduled to unveil his climate plan on Tuesday, the White House reports.

President Barack Obama will finally unveil a national plan to prevent climate change in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday.

The White House has posted an online video on Saturday that shows President Obama laying out his vision for reducing carbon pollution, preparing the country for the effects of climate change and leading other nations in the global effort.

“In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change, for the sake of our children and future generations.”

“This Tuesday, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go – a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it,” Obama says in the video.

In the video the president also outlined what he means by a major national effort to address climate change, Reuters writes.

According to Obama, scientists will be needed to design new types of fuel, farmers to grow them, engineers to devise new sources of energy and workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy.

After his Tuesday’s speech at Georgetown University the U.S. president will start a weeklong trip to three African nations.

“There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change,” Obama says in the video. “But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.”

Obama’s climate speech is already expected to meet numerous reactions from Republicans in Congress, who oppose action on climate change as well as from fellow Democrats. Some of them will definetely argue that Obama should do much more to stop global warming.

“In concrete terms, there is widespread expectation Obama will announce he is using his executive powers as president to direct federal government agencies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and to encourage energy efficiency,” The Guardian writes.

“He is also expected to step up government programmes promoting the expansion of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power especially on public land.”

Earlier this week the White House climate adviser, Heather Zichal, said that Obama will take several steps to make tackling climate change a second-term priority.

“In the near term, we are very much focused on the power plant piece of the equation,” she said at an energy and environment forum.

The adviser also suggested Obama would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

“Going forward, obviously the EPA is going to be working very hard on rules that focus specifically on greenhouse gas emissions from the coal sector,” she said. “They’re doing a lot of important work on that space,” she said.

Her comments immediately were criticised by the House Speaker, John Boehner, who said  it would be “absolutely crazy” to use the EPA to reduce carbon emissions.

Some source suppose that in the Tuesday’s speech President Obama will also suggest an expansion of energy efficiency standards for appliances and accelerate clean energy development on public lands.

Another move could be to raise onshore oil and gas royalties, which was suggested by the administration earlier this year.

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