As the US President Barack Obama returns to office, climate campaigners are urging that he now takes action on climate change.
The president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Eileen Claussen says that Obama needs to make Americans understand the risks of global warming and the urgent need to move to clean energy.
“Capping a year of record heat, drought and wildfires, Hurricane Sandy has driven home to Americans like never before the here-and-now costs of climate change. With the election behind him, President Obama has an opportunity and an obligation to press the case for stronger climate action,” she said in a statement.
“We also urge the president and Congress to place climate change alongside the nation’s other pressing challenges, and to consider approaches such as a carbon tax that can help solve more than one at the same time,” she adds.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) needs to move ahead with greenhouse gas standards for emitters and help states take market based approaches to emission reduction.
Obama’s victory speech promised “a future which isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet” and the USA freed from foreign oil.
He will come under increasing pressure to take quick and decisive action over renewable energy tax credits which are due to expire at the end of the year and could put the whole industry in jeopardy.