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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/31/2014 10:51 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/31/2014 10:51 AM
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President Obama's Weekly Address Reducing Carbon Pollution in Our Power Plants

Washington, DC...Hi, everybody. I’m here at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., visiting with some kids being treated here all the time for asthma and other breathing problems. Often, these illnesses are aggravated by air pollution – pollution from the same sources that release carbon and contribute to climate change. And for the sake of all our kids, we’ve got to do more to reduce it...




Earlier this month, hundreds of scientists declared that climate change is no longer a distant threat – it “has moved firmly into the present.” Its costs can be measured in lost lives and livelihoods, lost homes and businesses; and higher prices for food, insurance, and rebuilding.

That’s why, last year, I put forward America’s first climate action plan. This plan cuts carbon pollution by building a clean energy economy – using more clean energy, less dirty energy, and wasting less energy throughout our economy.

One of the best things we can do for our economy, our health, and our environment is to lead the world in producing cleaner, safer energy – and we’re already generating more clean energy than ever before. Thanks in part to the investments we made in the Recovery Act, the electricity America generates from wind has tripled. And from the sun, it’s increased more than tenfold. In fact, every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar – and every panel is pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be shipped overseas.

We’re wasting less energy, too. We’ve doubled how far our cars and trucks will go on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade, saving you money at the pump – and we’re helping families and businesses save billions with more efficient homes, buildings, and appliances.

This strategy has created jobs, grown our economy, and helped make America more energy independent than we’ve been in decades – all while holding our carbon emissions to levels not seen in about 20 years. It’s a good start. But for the sake of our children, we have to do more.

This week, we will. Today, about 40% of America’s carbon pollution comes from power plants. But right now, there are no national limits to the amount of carbon pollution that existing plants can pump into the air we breathe. None. We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants put in our air and water. But they can dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. It’s not smart, it’s not safe, and it doesn’t make sense.

That’s why, a year ago, I directed the Environmental Protection Agency to build on the efforts of many states, cities, and companies, and come up with commonsense guidelines for reducing dangerous carbon pollution from our power plants. This week, we’re unveiling these proposed guidelines, which will cut down on the carbon pollution, smog, and soot that threaten the health of the most vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly. In just the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks will be avoided – and those numbers will go up from there.

These standards were created in an open and transparent way, with input from the business community. States and local governments weighed in, too. In fact, nearly a dozen states are already implementing their own market-based programs to reduce carbon pollution. And over 1,000 mayors have signed agreements to cut their cities’ carbon pollution.

So the idea of setting higher standards to cut pollution at our power plants is not new. It’s just time for Washington to catch up with the rest of the country.

Now, special interests and their allies in Congress will claim that these guidelines will kill jobs and crush the economy. Let's face it, that’s what they always say.

But every time America has set clear rules and better standards for our air, our water, and our children’s health – the warnings of the cynics have been wrong. They warned that doing something about the smog choking our cities, and acid rain poisoning our lakes, would kill business. It didn’t. Our air got cleaner, acid rain was cut dramatically, and our economy kept growing.

These excuses for inaction somehow suggest a lack of faith in American businesses and American ingenuity. The truth is, when we ask our workers and businesses to innovate, they do. When we raise the bar, they meet it. When we restricted cancer-causing chemicals in plastics and leaded fuel in our cars, American chemists came up with better substitutes. When we phased out the gases that depleted the ozone layer, American workers built better refrigerators and air conditioners. The fuel standards we put in place a few years ago didn’t cripple automakers; the American auto industry retooled, and today, they’re selling the best cars in the world, with more hybrids, plug-in, and fuel-efficient models to choose from than ever before.

In America, we don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children. The old rules may say we can’t protect our environment and promote economic growth at the same time, but in America, we’ve always used new technology to break the old rules.

As President, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But a low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come. America will build that engine. America will build the future. A future that’s cleaner, more prosperous, and full of good jobs – a future where we can look our kids in the eye and tell them we did our part to leave them a safer, more stable world.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-05-31 10:56:56   By: Anonymous
 
Endless issues to keep everyone stirred up! This guy has to beSpecial Ed. Material, one moment it's the climate, then it's the rich people that cause all the problems, then he moves on to guns, baby powder, what's next, to keep everyone distracted from all of his failures! Barry, do us all a favor and go Faaaaaaaaaaaar away

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:37:44   By: Anonymous
     
    ^^ gloop!

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      Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:48:27   By: Anonymous
       
      Do you ever wonder, when there are so many important issues to discuss, 0bama will talk about things that are like # 18 on the list. I'm just glad most of America is starting to figure thing out, and see the TRUTH.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2014-06-01 16:55:27   By: Anonymous
         
        what is it that you think is so important? Healthcare is important, so are civil rights, immigration reform, and the biggie, reducing CO2 to slow down climate change. Oh, ending the wars are important too, raising the minimum wage, fixing veterans access to benefits. These are things he's talking about now. If you don't like these items you should probably find another country to live in.

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    Posted on: 2014-06-01 12:19:49   By: Anonymous
     


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      Posted on: 2014-06-01 17:35:41   By: Anonymous
       


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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-05-31 10:58:06   By: Anonymous
 
Stick it up your pipe!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-05-31 11:24:59   By: Anonymous
 
It would be so refreshing if for once, just once, this man could find something good about our country to talk about, he must be one of the most miserable human beings there is, to find endless problems with the Greatest Country. on The Earth! One that gave him a chance to be Preident, a country that has given him a chance to make our country strong, and a place that gives to the rest of the world with gratitude a chance to become better! It's time for him to either shut his mouth, or roll up his sleeves and become part of the solution, instead of the problem!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:50:43   By: Anonymous
     
    We were the greatest country on Earth, now we are a joke, not only to most of our citizens, but to the rest of the world.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 17:45:05   By: Anonymous
     
    A great speech, but complete bs.

    This country is sinking faster than a Vietnamese fishing boat.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 20:08:38   By: Anonymous
       
      He would be a decent used car salesman, not a leader.

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OH!
Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:00:34   By: Anonymous
 
It's our national embarrassment telling his WEAKLY lies.

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    Rubes Out
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:38:58   By: Anonymous
     
    I see the clueless Cons are out with their knee jerk Foxbot comments.

    Cleaner air makes for a healthier life for all even those who are too far gone to consider health as important.

    The Koch bros own Fox, and most Repubs, they want to pollute with no regulation, and the rubes are their puppets.

    Who wants a future with less cancer ,asthma ? That's for pussies.

    Man-up and take your cancer, it's the Amurikan way!

    Freedom to die young!

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      Re: Rubes Out
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 13:04:34   By: Anonymous
       
      It is too bad that ignorance isn't considered a disease because then you could seek some help. Many informed non koolaide drinking Americans believe that the free mkt and not the government is the answer to many of the problems facing America. When the economics of alternative energy make sense every right thinking person will go in that direction. It isn't necessary for big brother government to interject which ultimately delays the proper function of the free market. Despite your ignorance everyone wants clean air and lean water but not at the cost of the entire American economy. There must be a balance in order to have a strong economy with proper environmental controls. Unfortunately the Pres doesn't understand basic economics but does understand Government control. He preaches to the ignorant just like you. Have another glass of grape koolaide!

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        Re: Rubes Out
        Posted on: 2014-06-01 17:39:11   By: Anonymous
         
        The "Free Market" is just unchecked greed. How does the free market look out for the little guy?

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      Re: Rubes Out
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 15:08:01   By: Anonymous
       
      Ever heard of George Soros, bozo?

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        Re: Rubes Out
        Posted on: 2014-05-31 17:58:55   By: Anonymous
         
        Ah the old George Soros bait greedily taken by all Rushbots. Ever hear about thinking for yourself and not being taken in by the Koch Brothers mind control?

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          Re: Rubes Out
          Posted on: 2014-05-31 21:57:25   By: Anonymous
           
          Years ago when I lived in Chicago, I met Barry at a gay rights function. I ended up going home with him that night.

          M. Weiss

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          Re: Rubes Out
          Posted on: 2014-06-01 09:49:39   By: Anonymous
           
          I don't listen to Rush or any of the political carnival barkers out there. What I do is watch live sessions of congressional (both houses) debate and follow the actual votes as they happen. George Soros and the Koch bros. are equal opposites and have the right to spend their money how they see fit. That being said, The difference between you and I is : You and your counterparts only believe in free speech for those who agree with you and vilify any dissent from the Liberal (Progressive) point of view. The Left is the home of the real intolerance and is losing the debate in the long run. Let Freedom Ring!

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            Re: Rubes Out
            Posted on: 2014-06-01 16:56:54   By: Anonymous
             
            Soros and Koch are not in Congress, but they are talked about incessantly on Faux News. Nice try.

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              Re:nice try
              Posted on: 2014-06-03 06:59:30   By: Anonymous
               
              Listen bonehead you liberals can twist ,turn and change things to suit your argument all you want , it doesn't matter. The fact is that Soros and the Kochs are complained about on the "floor" all the time. If you would get your information from somewhere other than Mother Jones you might be better informed. The truth makes you guys so angry it is fun to watch. 2+2 will always = 4 no matter how you slice and dice and twist and turn, Right is right and wrong is wrong and the "Progressive" movement to cloud the difference between the two will in the long run fail.

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                Re: Re:nice try
                Posted on: 2014-06-03 09:03:59   By: Anonymous
                 
                med check. Police welfare check too.

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    Re: OH!
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 12:45:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Weakly Lies!????? Have you taken a good look around Arnold at night lately???? I have lung disease and all you damn polluters, who COULD give a damn and buy a non-polluting woodstove, but are either too Hillbilly or cheap-ass, are creating Hell on Earth around here instead of the Heaven it USED to be. Don't bother telling ME to leave...I'VE been here 27 years! It never used to be so polluted and thick with ugly particulates. It's all you egocentric rich Tea Party idiots or tweakers (yep! you're in the same boat) that are destroying Arnold. If you don't like weak leadership, then get off your soft-assed duff and start making changes...like coordinating woodstove exchanges for a tax deduction. Get over having a black man in a position of authority and start doing something besides whining about it. You'll still be complaining when Hillary wins.

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      Re: OH!
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 13:04:15   By: Anonymous
       
      Shut up and move to San Fransico!

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        Re: OH!
        Posted on: 2014-06-01 17:40:12   By: Anonymous
         


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          Re: OH!
          Posted on: 2014-06-01 17:40:57   By: Anonymous
           


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      Not because he's black!
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 13:23:35   By: Anonymous
       
      It's because he is a TOTAL incompetent communist/progressive/democrat. All show & no go because he is not up to the task of being a leader, just a rabble rousing community organizer.
      Too bad Dr. Carson, Thomas Sewell, or any one of the legions of qualified blacks had been elected.
      Then what would the DNC have to complain about? Racism??? Am I a racist? You bet I am & Obama has made me one. But then that would be George Bush's fault, wouldn't it Obama?

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      Re: OH!
      Posted on: 2014-05-31 18:02:02   By: Anonymous
       
      Weekly lies.

      The economy keeps growing!!!

      HAHA haha ha he he.

      Did he see the lastest report?

      If he did he is lying about a growing economy.

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        Re: OH!
        Posted on: 2014-06-01 16:57:54   By: Anonymous
         
        we've seen steady and slow gains in employment since two months after he took office. Facts are facts.

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          Re: OH!
          Posted on: 2014-06-02 07:35:23   By: Anonymous
           
          Last quarter the economy shrunk by 1 percent.

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            Re: OH!
            Posted on: 2014-06-02 07:36:12   By: Anonymous
             
            shrank

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              Re: OH!
              Posted on: 2014-06-03 09:05:20   By: Anonymous
               
              and your point is?

              Do you really want to know about growth and employment during years of Republican Presidents compared to Democratic Presidents?

              Didn't think so.

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          Re: OH!
          Posted on: 2014-06-02 18:40:31   By: Anonymous
           
          Fire 75 people making 100,00 a year
          Hire 100 people making minimum wage.

          You just created jobs.

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            Re: OH!
            Posted on: 2014-06-03 11:15:11   By: Anonymous
             
            You could create over 360 minimum wage jobs in that scenario.

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      Re: OH!
      Posted on: 2014-06-01 07:50:54   By: Anonymous
       
      Arnold isn't the only place with air pollution. Angels Camp and San Andreas are just as bad or worse! During the winter months the air is polluted with smoke and after years of living here I have also developed lung disease and many days can't even go outdoors. It is not the joke many of you idiots think it is!

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        Re: OH!
        Posted on: 2014-06-02 07:42:10   By: Anonymous
         
        Im sorry for your illness. I have a hard time believing that the AMA area gave your lung issues. I would think it may be more of a genetic thing, or something that you were exposed to in the past. Our forests need to be burned, harvested and thinned to stop or slow down dangerous uncontrollable fires. Particulates are needed for rain formation. Carbon supports our vegetation health.

        The EPA needs to go away.

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        Re: OH!
        Posted on: 2014-06-02 11:59:01   By: Anonymous
         
        probably from smoking too much meth.


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Obama must go
Posted on: 2014-05-31 17:57:34   By: Anonymous
 
When I was a kid CO2 was considered plant food.
Did this change?

So we are polluting our planet with plant food?
Doesn't sound so bad.

Ever wonder why they don't say Global Warming anymore?
Because the earth hasn't warmed in well over a decade.

100% of all chemists know there is no such thing as a greenhouse gas.

Why does the ICC report NOT mention solar activity?

Ohhh, 100 scientists agree?
Easy to pay off 100 scientists.

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    Re: Obama must go
    Posted on: 2014-05-31 21:50:25   By: Anonymous
     
    ^^ Gloop.

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    Re: Obama must go
    Posted on: 2014-06-01 07:00:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Excellent reciting of the Koch Brothers playbook! Deny deny deny until you die. Why let the pesky FACTS of climate change sway your Koch controlled mind? Now go outside and spray some more Monsanto Round-Up and breath deeply.

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    Re: Obama must go
    Posted on: 2014-06-01 12:31:06   By: Anonymous
     


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      Re: Obama must go
      Posted on: 2014-06-02 18:50:31   By: Anonymous
       
      No ignorance here.

      I study solar radiation and the effects it has in all the planets.
      Not just earth.

      Please educate yourself on what is happening to the ENTIRE solar system at this time in our lives.



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        Re: Obama must go
        Posted on: 2014-06-03 09:07:51   By: Anonymous
         
        your science credentials are?

        ever wonder about the reasons why scientists debunked the solar radiation and its effects theory? Tell us what they said so we can see your side and the scientists' side.

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    Re: Obama must go
    Posted on: 2014-06-01 13:02:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Stupid argument. You need water to live but you can also drown in it.

    I hope you are not Congressman McClintock. He is in denial as much as you are but a little more cautious about showing it.

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    Re: Obama must go
    Posted on: 2014-06-01 17:47:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Have you even googled "greenhouse gas"? It's pure chemistry.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-05-31 21:51:11   By: Anonymous
 
"Weakly Lies!????? Have you taken a good look around Arnold at night lately???? I have lung disease and all you damn polluters, who COULD give a damn and buy a non-polluting woodstove, but are either too Hillbilly or cheap-ass, are creating Hell on Earth around here instead of the Heaven it USED to be. Don't bother telling ME to leave...I'VE been here 27 years! It never used to be so polluted and thick with ugly particulates. It's all you egocentric rich Tea Party idiots or tweakers (yep! you're in the same boat) that are destroying Arnold. If you don't like weak leadership, then get off your soft-assed duff and start making changes...like coordinating woodstove exchanges for a tax deduction. Get over having a black man in a position of authority and start doing something besides whining about it. You'll still be complaining when Hillary wins."

Dude, you need to calm down and chill out. You are one very unhappy person. Turn off the MSM with all the bad news you've been watching and try to find something nice to say and celebrate a nice day.

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    Posted on: 2014-06-01 12:35:01   By: Anonymous
     


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    Re: celebrate?
    Posted on: 2014-06-01 18:44:19   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh Yeah! Me and my nebulizer have a lot to celebrate thanks to lazy ignoramuses like you...or are you just "happy" and high on "life" there in White Pines?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-06-03 09:41:08   By: Anonymous
 
Robert Redford writing at CNN:

A recent analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (where I serve as a board member) found that putting these rules in place would be the equivalent of removing up to 130 million cars from our roads. At the same time, this approach would yield as much as $63 billion in health, air quality and clean water benefits -- numbers that far outweigh the costs of putting limits on carbon pollution.

That's why these new rules are a big deal -- the biggest step our country has ever taken on curbing carbon pollution. Demonstrating that kind of leadership could mark an important turning point in the global climate effort.


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