(CNN) – President Barack Obama continued to push his aggressive climate change plan, urging Americans in his weekly address Saturday to contact their representatives and remind them "there is no contradiction between a sound environment and a strong economy."
"The question is not whether we need to act," he said. "The question is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late."
He pointed to present day effects of the changing climate, saying firefighters who brave mammoth wildfires and farmers who lose their crops from droughts know all too well the impact of warming temperatures.
"The cost of these events can be measured in lost lives and livelihoods, lost homes and businesses, and hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency services and disaster relief," he said. "And Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction in higher food costs, insurance premiums, and the tab for rebuilding."
Obama on Tuesday laid out a series of new steps to combat carbon pollution, including proposals to create new standards on existing carbon-fueled power plants and other executive actions that don't require congressional approval.
He also pledged global leadership on climate change and to redouble U.S. efforts to fight it.
Opponents were quick to attack his sweeping proposals, arguing the new regulations on carbon-fueled power plants–the source of 40% of the country's electricity–will cause a surge in costs and burn holes in Americans' pockets.
But the president said the benefits will far outweigh the costs.
"Those of us in positions of responsibility will need to be less concerned with the judgment of special interests and well-connected donors, and more concerned with the judgment of our children," he said.
– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.
I back the President 100%
Look at the heat today in the South West !
its amazing the way the simple minded repubs folks think, we are moving into an era that we might not be able to come back from if we wait any longer. the amount of artificial carbon we are sending into our atmosphere is unimaginable, our planet survived for millions of years with a set amount of natural carbon to sustain life, now here come man and changing the the earth natural way of operating by pouring artificial carbon into the atmosphere pushing the earth survival to the brink, and all these small minded folks can think about is politics. if you dont think that the earth is warming, then you are a fool, and you need to start thinking objectively and stop lessening to the repubs and their corporate masters, on this issue.
climate change, formerly global warming but that was proved a scam, has been happening since weather began on this planet. the record temperature recorded was 134 degrees and that occurred over one hundred years ago. i guess the liberal nutjobs want us to believe that was due to humans as well. in the 70's it was the coming of a new ice age. the far left quackery being forced on us is never ending. they will use anything, concoct anything, to further their nutty agenda because they believe they know better than everybody else, when in reality they know diddly squat.
We need to do this to advance the technology. If we can make the advancements, then we can own it and sell it to others. Besides, those that deny we are changing things, don't understand the fact that we live in a closed system. The fact that the plants can't all the CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere.
@thinkagin I'm sure you understand what it means to be indebt. We all do, but if you keep spending like there is no tomorrow there won't be. There comes a time when you scale back on things you want and just aloow what is absoluty nessisary. If the working people know this, why doesn't the government? It doesn't matter who did what to get us here. The fact is we are here and it is irresponsible to keep spending when the money is borrowed.
How about you answer for all your administrations scandals before starting new ones.
@Steve, New York City
Record temperatures out west
Yep. Those of us who live here realize that we live in the desert, and it gets hot in the summer.... every year. Here in Vegas we almost broke the record, but alas, we missed it by 3 degrees.
Obama's energy plan can be summarized in 6 words
Export the GHG problem somewhere else
@ria, do you still know that your president is pres.Obama? Elected by 340 electoral votes the other guy got 103 electoral votes. Racist idiot in 21st century. Peel it off ANd behave, idiot.