The first one 2007 Carbon Neutrality for Municipal Operations by 2020, the second one in 2014 Net-Zero Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 and lastly and most recent in 2015 with the Adoption of the Austin Community Climate Plan to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions. Another policy is The Paris Agreement which was created on December 12, 2015 to battle climate change.195 countries including the U.S signed and agreed to the treaty but our current president Donald Trump stated he was planning to leave the treaty suggesting the treaty was “blocking the development of clean coal in America.” (Trump,2017) According to Citizen.org “ Texas is uniquely positioned to lead in the race for switching to renewable energy. We're the only state with large areas of both wind and solar potential and currently rank #1 of any state in installed wind capacity.” (Public
In 2013, the Obama Administration issued the Climate Action Plan to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 % reduction below 2005 levels by 2020. This plan’s three objectives were carbon reduction, strengthening capacity for climate change response, and leading international cooperation for climate change crisis (White House, 2013). To reduce the
Article 1: This article tells about President Obama vetoing Keystone Jobs Bill on grounds that approval of the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would damage the U.S. effort to curb greenhouse gases. The article frames Obama as an environmental hero, quoting the president in saying, “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change… And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.” The authors also cite Secretary of State John Kerry in saying “The United States cannot ask other nations to make tough choices to address climate change if we are unwilling to make them ourselves.” The
In order to do so, people must greatly cut back greenhouse emissions and must develop other types of energy, so that the atmosphere no longer constantly has additional carbon dioxide. Although these actions may slow the process, it likely cannot be stopped or reversed. In the Northeast, eleven of the twelve states “have developed adaption plans for several sectors and 10 have released, or plan to release, statewide adaptation plans” (Horton 382). In doing so, the states can effectively communicate information about the reduction of carbon. Many believe that laws must be added in order to truly make sure that emissions are cut down. According to Senator Edward J. Markey, “‘We need to put in place the laws and policies that dramatically cut carbon pollution and help communities respond to this growing threat’” (Rocheleau). In recent years there have been many global meetings, such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, in order to discuss what to fix and how to enforce new laws. The past several meetings have gathered much momentum, and a goal is set for wealthy countries to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 95%. Although this process cannot be reversed, the globe can take several actions to slow global
He ordered the head of the EPA to declare carbon dioxide as a pollutant. His signature air quality achievement imposes new restrictions on mercury and other emissions from power plants (America Magazine). At a United Nations meeting about climate change in Peru, Barack Obama engaged China to agree, for the first time to substantial carbon reduction goals. This one action is likely to have more of an effect in mitigating climate change than other symbolic actions taken to date (Star
To keep our great nation safe requires the combined effort of a multitude of agencies and groups nationwide. The US homeland is the physical region that includes the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, and surrounding 500 nautical miles of territorial waters and airspace (Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2013). The keep the countries boarders secure and over 324 million Americans safe is a massive task and this broad stroke program involves federal government including the military, federal, state, local, tribal areas and the private sector along with other governments with shared interests. According to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) there are three key concepts that are the foundation of America’s homeland security strategy.
The following paper will provide an overview of Canada’s current climate change policy, under the Trudeau administration. Then, an overview of the climate change policy for the Trump administration will be introduced. Finally, Canada’s options in the face of these circumstances will be introduced, along with the decision that should be made for Canada’s future policy on climate change.
First, I am going to consider the issue, “impacts of climate change”, voted in 2014. This is an offer for an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act. This act is to prohibits federal agencies to consider
There are 7.3 billion people on Earth (United States Census Bureau, 2016). More specifically, there are 7.3 billion people who depend on Earth for food, water, and shelter. If there is one thing that every living organism has in common, it’s our dependence on the planet to survive. Unfortunately, since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been systematically degrading the Earth and its resources. President Obama’s final State of the Union address was structured around four main points, one of which was centered around innovation (2016). His points focused on the impending reality of climate change and America’s potential to lead the world down a path of sustainability and green innovation. His hour long speech devoted a mere five minutes to climate issues, further suggesting that climate change remains a less pressing issue than the economy, for example, and I felt that he oversimplified an incredibly complex issue. President Obama’s economic appeals paint a hopeful picture without acknowledging the potential pitfalls associated with climate capitalism. However, President Obama’s strong stance claiming that climate change is in fact happening is an incredibly positive step in the fight against climate change.
Climate change is no doubt one of the greatest threats to this planet today. Coastal cities flooding due to melting ice caps and rising water levels, cities experiencing extreme weather, and ocean life dying because of warmer water temperatures, it is not wonder why so many scientist and country leaders are worried about the safety and future of their country. The U.S. is just one of these countries where climate change endangers 323 million people. That is why the U.S. must take action to ac=assure the future of their residents and safety of their numerous coastal cities. Due to the reising coastal water levels and the revoking of past federal orders, President Trump should initiate more federal acts that acknowledge the need for the preparation of coastal military bases and communities due to rising water levels, provide more support and financial aid to the benefit of coastal military bases, and greater explain ways to deal with the progression of climate change instead of just dealing with the adaptation.
Although climate change is a complex problem and uncertain about its causes (whether it is man-made or the natural course of our planet), the United States is taking an important role in climate change. The Climate Action Plan attempts to reduce carbon pollution, promote clean sources of energy that create jobs, protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and work with partners to lead international climate change efforts.
Did you know that the United States is the second largest contributor of CO2, and the less concerned about it? Climate change has been a problem for decades, but just recently we start to see how big of a problem climate change is, and can be. Climate change is one of the biggest problems that we are facing right now, even if keep trying to act like is nothing. Everybody, the people, the government, and big companies are a big contributor of this phenomenon. The more we keep denying its effects, the more we are going to regret it later, and going to wish that we could go back and try to fix the issue. You going to know one day, and its going to be late. Climate change should be the U.S government main focus this decade and the ones to come. Climate change can affect a country in every way economically, destroyed …., cause a lot of deaths.
1. The first element I identified in S.2835 is the general consensus reached by several different organizations, such as the G8 Summit on Climate and Energy, the Energy Information Administration, and the National Intelligence Council, who all conclude that global emissions will peak by 2025 due to increased environmental demands by a growing world population. This consensus helped frame the intent for S.2835 while also establishing the second element: the Strategic Interagency Board on International Climate Investment. The “Board”, will serve to monitor government in reducing climate change with funding and support via various initiatives and programs. While the elements of the bill are more concrete in their purpose and action; two of the policy’s notable characteristics are more general and vague. The two I identified, promise to protect Americans from the impacts of climate change through reductions in greenhouse gases by providing assistance to developing countries. While doing so, the U.S. will recognize and respect the natural resource rights of those developing countries. Both of these objectives seem noble, but they are broad and contradictory. By helping developing countries reduce deforestation, greenhouse gases will lower, but the bill itself states that deforestation in developing countries is not the major culprit in climate change, however the bill is still more focused on adapting developing countries than the U.S. who is the bigger culprit. Additionally,
Prior to the Paris Agreement, participating countries have submitted national plans that addressed their intentions for combatting the climate change after 2020 (Dimitrov 2016). These nationally determined contributions outlined a number of issues – all being relevant to adapting and coping with climate change challenge. Although these contributions are not final, they are representative of the intended climate actions that countries will pursue after 2020.
Leaders from all around the world are discussing the topic of how global warming is happening and what toll it is taking on the world (Pew Global). They met in Copenhagen to discuss the changing of the climate (Pew Global). They came to the conclusion that they are willing to sacrifice a little to confront the issue of global warming (Pew Global). If containment of this problem is expected, effort will need to be put in. Global warming seems to be less of a problem in the US, China, and Russia but it is still a major problem around the world (Pew Global). Just because the US is not affected as much at the moment who is to say it will stay that way? Global warming could hit the US hard at any minute it is the Americans job to be prepared and properly informed. Of the people of France, Japan, and Spain 68 percent believed global warning to be a major issue and one that needed much more attention than it has been getting (Pew Global).