Letter: President must follow through on climate action
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama stated clearly that “for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.” He also promised that “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”
It’s a bold and critically needed pledge, and in the year that has followed the president has delivered in part while Congress has not.
The proposed carbon pollution standard for future power plants is a big step forward, as power plants are the leading cause of climate disruption, accounting for 40 percent of the carbon pollution that endangers public health.
In the State of the Union this year, the president must follow through by making the case for climate action and clean energy. We are feeling the effects of extreme weather in New Hampshire and paying the cost in road damage, needed water runoff improvements and sea level rise planning. We need the president to pledge action to protect every American from the effects of extreme weather and health impacts wrought from climate disruption.