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The irreversible momentum of clean energy

Foto: Ernesto Arias/ EPA/ picture alliance

Foto: Ernesto Arias/ EPA/ picture alliance

Barack Obama, 15 Feb 17
As of 20 January, it is official: Donald Trump is the new president of the US, and Barack Obama is no longer in the White House. Before packing his bags, however, Obama left his successor a clear message on climate action. In the following article, first published in the US journal Science, Obama explains why he believes the transition to clean energy is irreversible.

“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. Left unchecked, the continued growth of GHG emissions could cause global average temperatures to increase by another 4C or more by 2100 and by 1.5 to 2 times as much in many midcontinent and far northern locations.

Although our understanding of the impacts of climate change is increasingly and disturbingly clear, there is still debate about the proper course for US 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.

You can read the full article by Barack Obama in our epaper sample of new energy 1/2017.


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