President Obama said Monday night the world is moving too slowly in the fight against climate change and that the planet is at risk of being irreparably damaged.
Speaking at a climate conference in Anchorage, Mr. Obama ticked off his administration’s various climate accomplishments, including establishing the first limits on carbon pollution from power plants. He also applauded China for agreeing to limit its carbon emissions and begin reducing them no later than 2030.
But those steps simply aren’t enough, the president said, and every country on the planet must contribute more.
“The fact is the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. That, ladies and gentlemen, must change. We’re not acting fast enough. I’ve come here today as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the world’s second largest emitter to say the United States recognizes our role in creating the problem and we embrace our responsibility to help solve it,” he said. “We are working hard to do our part to meet this challenge. And in doing so we’re proving there doesn’t have to be a conflict between a sound environment and strong economic growth. But we’re not moving fast enough.”
Following his speech, Mr. Obama had dinner at the home of Alice Rogoff, publisher of the Alaska Dispatch News.