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Obama opens new green chapter for US on climate

November 20, 2008
Climate zones of the contiguous United States

Climate zones of the contiguous United States

  • Using a summit convened by Arnold Schwarzenegger,Barack Obama yesterday renewed his promise to make a decisive break with George Bush on the environment,  and to begin a  “new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change“.

    • Yesterday’s summit comes at a pivotal time amid expectation of a dramatic shift in US environmental policy once Obama is in the White House.
    • He went on to lay out an ambitious agenda, beginning with targets aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Obama also reiterated a campaign pledge to invest $15bn (£10bn) a year in clean technology – including clean coal and nuclear power.
    • “This investment will not only help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making the United States more secure. And it will not only help us bring about a clean energy future, saving our planet. It will also help us transform our industries and steer our country out of this economic crisis by generating 5m new green jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.”
    • “When I am president, … any nation that’s willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States.”, he concluded.
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