President Barack Obama may consider a summit on climate change during his second term, but that is not fast enough for the editors of the MIT Technology Review. Dismissing the accomplishments and goals the administration touts, the group has urged Obama to confront climate change--or risk having all of his economic, social and political achievements overshadowed.
MIT has joined other organizations, including the World Economic Forum, to tackle global warming seriously. Arguing that any climate change initiatives need to be for the long haul, not part of any economic stimulus package, the letter urges the Obama Administration to do the following:
“The president who takes office that year will thus be facing a far more urgent problem—probably, like you, with no political consensus on how to solve it. But as a president in his final term, you have a chance to take risks. You have the power and the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new clean-energy policy that will help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change. It is quite possible that if this is not done over the next four years, it will be too late.”
Leon Kaye, based in Fresno, California, is a sustainability consultant and the editor of GreenGoPost.com. He also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business; his work has also appeared on Sustainable Brands, Inhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him questions on Twitter or Instagram (greengopost).
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Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He's based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.