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Obama’s climate-change plan will have important, far-reaching effects

I believe that I live in an environmentally conscious way: I bike up the West River Parkway to work each day, I dry my laundry on a line outside, and I turn the lights off when I leave a room. I am sure there are countless Minneapolis residents who act in similar ways, with small adjustments that make our day-to-day lifestyles a bit more “environmentally friendly.”

While I would like to think that I have some of impact on climate change, it’s hard to ignore that the efforts I take to reduce my personal carbon emissions are completely overshadowed by CO2 emissions from larger sources such as power plants. Carbon-dioxide levels are now over 400 parts per million and power plants are responsible for 40 percent of this carbon pollution.

That is why I want to thank President Barack Obama for announcing his plan to combat climate change. Under his direction, the United States will limit the amount of carbon pollution emitted by power plants and advance clean energy solutions. As he made clear, it will be impossible to immediately end climate change, but we can mitigate its effects. This is the kind of action that matters.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 06/26/2013 - 04:56 pm.

    Climate Change

    Act locally–think globally. It’s good that people are taking action as individuals to make a difference in the world. Those actions add up. And as we demand more action from our political and business leaders, they’ll do the same on a national and global scale. Yes, it’s unfortunate that China and other countries aren’t doing what they can to mitigate and eliminate global warming. But someone has to step up to the plate and be a leader. It might as well be us.

  2. Submitted by rolf westgard on 06/26/2013 - 07:24 pm.

    Obama dreams

    Announcing that [power plants will limit CO2 emissions and actually doing it are not the same. Carbon capture doesn’t work, and wind and solar have never replaced a fossil fuel power plant anywhere on earth. We are switching to natural gas from coal which reduces CO2 emissions because NG burns hydrogen as well as carbon to provide energy. The hydrogen turns into water vapor.
    It’s easy for politician lawyers of either party to make pronouncements. The actual science is a little tougher. I didn’t hear a word about unpopular but effective tough measures like carbon taxes.
    I am glad Lucia turns off unnecessary lights, but she needs to turn some light on political proposals to see how empty they are.

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