|Diane -- |
Slowing the pace of climate change is as important an issue as any that we're going to face in the decades to come. We can overcome this challenge, but we have to act now. Communities across the country are already seeing its impacts, and we can't afford to delay.
That's why my administration just finalized new steps to address a dangerous contributor to climate change. Methane pollution is over 20 times more potent than carbon pollution and unless we act, millions of tons of it will continue to leak into our air. That has consequences not only for the climate, but for our health. Our new measures include the first national efforts to limit those risks as new potential sources of methane pollution are identified and a requirement for companies to provide necessary information to set standards for existing sources.
By taking common-sense steps like these to clamp down on leaks and waste from oil and gas facilities, we reduce the risks that come from fossil fuels and ensure that we'll continue to transition to a clean energy economy as smoothly as possible.
I want to be very clear: We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it. But we can only succeed if we recognize the urgency of the problem and stand together.
OFA is one of the groups working to keep up the progress on climate action -- you can add your name to join them.
The Paris Agreement that the United States and our international partners just signed is an important part of how we're going to move forward. It's the first time that nearly every country in the world has come together and committed to cut carbon pollution and prevent the worst impacts of climate change -- the kind of diplomacy that makes me hopeful for our shared future.
The Paris Agreement isn't the only reason I'm hopeful. The Clean Power Plan will cut carbon emissions from our power plants by 32 percent. Together, we've tripled the amount of energy America generates from wind. More than 208,000 Americans are hard at work in a solar industry that's now responsible for 30 times as much as power as it generated in 2008. And just recently, we surpassed one million solar installations in America.
We can stop the worst effects of climate change, and build a sustainable, clean energy future -- one that our children can be proud of. But success is going to require more big steps forward, and that can't happen without organizing -- getting other folks like you involved.
I know that we can win this fight -- add your name to get involved with OFA:
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