Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Last night President Obama declared that tackling climate change is good for our country, our citizens, our economy and our planet.
Via the New York Times:
“And, yes,” the president said, “my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future. And in this election you can do something about it.”
Not that he’s been sitting around. In spite of–and despite–Congressional energy policy gridlock, the Executive branch has been moving forward on energy independence, security and job creation.
Like this Aug. 30 Executive Order to clear roadblocks that have held back private sector innovation and investment.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote American manufacturing by helping to facilitate investments in energy efficiency at industrial facilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Read this Greenbiz.com article explaining the Executive Order:
White House Efficiency Plan Will Up Output, Curb Emissions
The Executive Order aims to help address persistent regulatory, policy, and institutional barriers that have long-prevented proven efficiency technologies from being more fully utilized in the United States.
It also facilitates increased industrial energy efficiency investment through interagency coordination and convening of national and regional stakeholders.
For their part, business leaders aren’t waiting around either.
While Congress has halted work on federal climate legislation, many U.S. business are stepping up to reduce emissions.
With climate policy paralyzed in Washington, a number of leading U.S. corporations are going it alone, squeezing big reductions of climate-changing emissions from their operations and supply chains. With stakeholder criticism and other pressures building, more and more are also releasing rigorous climate data in their financial reports and enlisting third-party firms to make sure it is accurate.
Strong governmental, scientific, and public sector collaboration are a winning strategy.