OEC Applauds President's Focus on Climate Change

State of the Union 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

OEC Applauds President Obama's Renewed Focus on Stopping Climate Change During State of the Union

Last night, during his State of the Union Speech, President Obama emphasized what millions have known for some time – that climate change is real, human made, and a threat to our way of life.

“Solid science is in, and the consequences of indecision and inaction are severe. For far too long, phony science and questionable politics has stood in the way of meaningful progress needed to halt the disastrous effects of global warming,” said Brian Kaiser, Director of Green Jobs and Innovation at the Ohio Environmental Council.

Kaiser continued, “Across Ohio, businesses, universities, and communities both big and small are doing their part to halt climate change through innovation and sustainable technologies. We welcome the president's leadership in the fight to save our planet.”

During his speech before Congress, President Obama echoed a growing chorus of Americans who are concerned about the planet we are leaving to future generations and who are alarmed by the increasingly frequent and extreme weather that has impacted our economy, property, and daily lives, stating:

“But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.

Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods – all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

The Ohio Environmental Council will continue to work with communities, businesses, universities and people across the state to develop and implement common sense public policies that protect our environment, grow our economy, and lead towards a brighter future for all Ohioans.

Despite efforts by fossil fuel-funded special interest groups to sow doubt about the broad scientific consensus around climate change, recent surveys and polling immediately following the State of the Union, suggests the American people are not fooled, and expect its elected leaders to take action.

 “Ohio-based manufacturers, researchers, and investors are pioneering the clean-energy technology that will solve the climate change crisis. The missing link in this job-intensive, low-carbon supply chain is more jolts of political will,” concluded Kaiser.

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