President Obama stressed the importance of making proactive efforts to change the effects of climate change in his recent inaugural address. According to E Magazine, Obama has made very direct references to climate change and its effects on the environment since his previous election in 2008, promising to tackle climate change.
At his inauguration this past month,
he said, “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
article in E Magazine goes on to report on how human-induced climate change is
having major impacts on the environment—as well as increased storms, sea level
rise, Arctic ice melt, and wildfires. It also points out that a healthy
environment is highly correlated to a healthy economy.
Texas A&M University Press authors Byron W. Daynes and Glen Sussman focus
on this issue in their recent book White House Politics and the Environment. They examine how Presidents and their administrations
since the 1960s have become increasingly active in environmental politics,
despite their touted lack of expertise and their apparent frequent discomfort
with the issue. Check out more on their new book here.