Climate change was hardly mentioned during the election but it was a big topic in President Obama’s inaugural address today. The President didn’t say we should do something about climate change, he said it’s our obligation to do something about it. If you missed the speech, this is what the President had to say about climate change.
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.
But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
How true it is that while some deny the science of climate change, no one can deny the devastation it brings? We are all impacted by climate change, for myself in Oklahoma, I have experienced two record breaking summers the last two years, major wildfires, and we are still in the worst drought felt by Oklahoma in 50 years. Oklahoma’s inaction and lack of sacrifices, combined with the drought, has led to a water crisis.
We can try to deny what’s happening but that won’t stop the destruction. And even if climate change wasn’t happening, why would we not want energy independence that will last , clean air, and clean water? Are we not willing to make a few sacrifices for the good of the planet and future generations? If we don’t make these sacrifices we will have to face the consequences of our inaction. Is that a risk we are willing to take?