On the steps of Georgetown University Tuesday, President Obama announced his multi-step plan to fight climate change and called the American people to action. The President began his speech by citing facts and examples of climate change that have already been witnessed across this nation. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters, which stem from our warming planet, cost the American economy more than $100 billion. Left unmitigated, global warming will continue to cause increasingly extreme weather. For those who would deny human responsibility for climate change, President Obama cited the 97 percent of scientists who all agree, based on scientific evidence, that the planet is warming and humans are contributing.
“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late” – said President Obama
President Obama’s plan of action calls for a bipartisan solution to cut carbon pollution by changing the way we use energy by using and wasting less energy, and using cleaner energy. This energy change includes renewable energy from wind and solar resources, as well as renewable fuel for transportation, including biofuels. BIO applauds President Obama for citing biofuels as a source of clean energy for the future and hope to see the industry continue to grow to meet the clean energy needs of our nation.
Although the transition to a clean energy will take time, it is an opportunity for our nation not only to improve the health and quality of life of generations to come, but it is also an opportunity to create job growth. Farmers are needed to grow fuels, scientists are needed to innovate-and all of the citizens of America are needed to lead this change. President Obama called on us to end the threat of climate change on behalf of our children. We are “the custodians of the present and the caretakers of the future” and we must act while we have the chance.
President Obama concluded by asking if we can imagine a more worthy goal than preserving the future for generations to come. BIO’s hope is that Americans heed this message and continue to innovate, which is something that Americans have always excelled at doing. Already, innovative biofuel companies are operating or constructing biorefineries across the nation that reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and focus on cleaner and greener processes. From biofuels to solar panels, and everything in between, there are endless possibilities to create clean energy to fuel America.