In Alaska today, Aug 31st, President Obama tried to get other countries in line for a new climate change agreement by restating the risks and benefits of the issue.
Obama's main points were:
**-This year has to be the year the world reaches agreement on this issue.
-No one country or set of countries can do it alone. We must deal with this together.
-We can deal with this. Human ingenuity can come up with solutions.
-Climate change deniers are alone on a shrinking island.
-This is not just a danger to be avoided. It is an opportunity to be seized.
-Any so called leader that does not take this issue seriously, or treats it like a joke, is not fit to lead.
-On this issue, of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late.
-If we do nothing, we will condemn our children to a planet that is beyond their capacity to repair.**
He and John Kerry made the case in general terms for action, saying that the world was moving too slowly on to stem the flow of carbon from our power plants, cars and other sources.
It is all too accurate that the effects looming on the horizon are no joke, as he referred in appropriately cynical terms to other world leaders who deny and minimize what is happening.
Do you suspect the speech was politics?
May we suggest the following:
Because a politician happens to speak about science does not make it political speech or issue. A fact is a fact, and climate change is a fact.
Link to video of the speeches: Obama and Kerry on climate change in Alaska before other world leaders
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