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Obama: ‘One of the Most Urgent Challenges of Our Time is Climate Change’

by Susan Jones, CNSnews:

President Barack Obama picked one of the hottest weekends in the Northeastern U.S. to discuss climate change.

“One of the most urgent challenges of our time is climate change,” the vacationing president said in his Saturday radio address. He touted his efforts to cut pollution, including from cars and trucks, assuring Americans, “we’re not done yet.”

Obama announced that before he leaves office, “We’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. We’ll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025. And we’ll continue to protect our lands and waters so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy our most beautiful spaces for generations.”

According to the Associated Press, Obama has created or expanded 24 national monuments during his seven-and-a-half-year tenure, the most of any president. And to cement his environmental legacy, he’s expected to set aside even more federal lands and waters:

The AP reports that serious efforts are underway in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and elsewhere to get Obama to designate even more national monuments. Environmental activists aren’t just focused on land. They’re also urging greater protections for vast swaths of ocean bottom off the coasts of New England, California and Hawaii.

Obama on Saturday noted that during his two terms, “we’ve made ambitious investments in clean energy and ambitious reductions in our carbon emissions.” He said carbon pollution from enery is at a 25-year low, “even as we’re continuing to grow our economy.”

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