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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