President Obama on Climate Change – Iowan Officials React


 

On Tuesday, June 25, President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown University about the dire issues of global climate change.

“…Science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind,” stated Obama. The president went on to explain the facts behind the need for pollution regulation and alternative energy sources.

Professor at the University of Iowa, and CGERE co-director Jerry Schoor reflected on the present issue, and the complications to come:  “Climate change is here and it’s going to get worse because of the emissions we continue to put into the air. We’re going to have to do things that cost money just to adapt to the climate.”

Iowa has already seen millions of dollars put towards both the prevention and recovery of damage cause by severe and abnormal flooding.

But the state of Iowa is looking towards better renewable energy sources, as the Iowa Wind Energy Association gains support from all across the political spectrum.

As President Obama says: “Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future.”

Head over to the Press Citizen to read more about local officials reactions to President Obama’s address.

If you would like to read a transcript of Obama’s speech, click here.

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