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President Obama, It's Time to Get Moving on Climate Change

Kelly Henderson

Posted June 12, 2013 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Does the President have the courage of his convictions to act on climate change?

That’s a question many people have begun to wonder since President Obama addressed the nation in February calling for climate action in his State of the Union Address. “For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change,” he said.

President Obama knows that we have a moral obligation to protect our children and future generations from the threats of climate change. The devastating effects have become all too clear over the past couple of years and scientists predict that these events are only going to become worse. So the question remains: Mr. President, what are you going to do to make good with your promise to combat climate change?

Iconic actor, respected conservationist and NRDC Trustee, Robert Redford, has the same question. On Tuesday, NRDC released an ad featuring Redford explaining why it’s time for the President to crack down on the top carbon pollution source: coal-fired power plants. Even if Congress will not act, the White House still has the authority to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution by 26 percent and generate up to $60 billion in public health and climate benefits by 2020. It’s time to start taking action to clean up our air and enjoy the benefits of less smog-lined skies. Cleaning up carbon pollution will help reduce smog pollution resulting in fewer asthma attacks, premature deaths, hospitalizations and outpatient visits due to poor air quality.

Let’s all join in with Robert Redford to ask President Obama to commit to a concrete climate action plan. After all, this is our future and we need to make sure our President is acting to defend our health and the health of our children! Click this link to let the President know you are ready for him to get moving:

Ask President Obama to Take Action on Climate Now.

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