I am pleased that President Obama committed in his inaugural address to do more to tackle global warming in his second term, building on the strong foundation his administration laid over the last four years.
From Hurricane Sandy, to raging forest fires, to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, far too many Americans and the places we love have been devastated by recent extreme weather events fueled by global warming.
President Obama's second term offers a tremendous opportunity to turn the tide on this problem. Starting with rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, the president must make fighting global warming a central priority.
Over the next four years, we are counting on President Obama to set tough limits on carbon pollution from power plants, to continue investing in the development of clean, renewable energy sources — including wind and solar power — and to implement dramatic energy efficiency improvements that will cut dangerous pollution and protect our environment and our families.
The president is poised to continue speaking out about the dangers of global warming. Even better, he is poised to act. I look forward to working with President Obama and his administration to do what it takes to tackle the challenges ahead.
Mary Kate Ranii,
The writer is the western Pennsylvania field associate for PennEnvironment.