President Obama speaks on climate change

Faculty Fellows Sean Sweeney (GLI) and Lara Skinner (GLI), directors of Cornell’s Global Labor Institute, issued a joint statement responding to President Obama’s recently announced plans for addressing climate change 

ACSF Fellows Respond to President’s Climate Change Vision

July 8, 2013

President Obama speaks on climate change

Faculty Fellows Sean Sweeney (GLI) and Lara Skinner (GLI), directors of Cornell’s Global Labor Institute, issued a joint statement responding to President Obama’s recently announced plans for addressing climate change. The statement suggests that the President’s new measures to combat carbon emissions represent a missed opportunity to meet more ambitious emissions reduction targets and to create good jobs that benefit workers and communities: 

President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. must act immediately to address climate change, yet the steps he proposed to reduce emissions remain insufficient to address the problem. President Obama restated his 2009 goal to reduce emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. This target is far below the emissions reduction targets set by the world’s leading scientific body on climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Moreover, the president neglected to reinforce the need for a fair, ambitious and binding global climate agreement. . . .

Addressing the climate crisis presents an important opportunity for President Obama to create good jobs that reduce emissions and pollution, and help build resilient communities. However, to take full advantage of this opportunity President Obama’s plan will need to match the intensity of the present climate crisis in its vision and ambition by committing to science-based emissions targets and timetables.

Read the complete statement.