The irreversible momentum of clean energy

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Date of Publication: January 9, 2017

Year of Publication: 2017

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Author(s): Barack Obama

Journal: Science

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Private-sector efforts help drive decoupling of emissions and economic growth

US President Barack Obama argues in this Policy Forum published in Science that the “trend toward clean energy is irreversible”. Access the full article.

ABSTRACT/INTRODUCTION: The release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) due to human activity is increasing global average surface air temperatures, disrupting weather patterns, and acidifying the ocean (1). Left unchecked, the continued growth of GHG emissions could cause global average temperatures to increase by another 4°C or more by 2100 and by 1.5 to 2 times as much in many midcontinent and far northern locations (1). Although our understanding of the impacts of climate change is increasingly and disturbingly clear, there is still debate about the proper course for U.S. policy—a debate that is very much on display during the current presidential transition. But putting near-term politics aside, the mounting economic and scientific evidence leave me confident that trends toward a clean-energy economy that have emerged during my presidency will continue and that the economic opportunity for our country to harness that trend will only grow. This Policy Forum will focus on the four reasons I believe the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.

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  • David Johnson

    Constant strive to cleaner energy should always be encouraged and sought after. There are multiple cities now that have all their power coming from clean energy! It is possible and it is desirable. I hope these words are not a game, but a true belief that will carry over to the new government.