Shaun Polczer, CALGARY: If there were any doubts about US
president Barack Obama’s determination to tackle
climate change, it was put to rest in his State of the Union
speech on 13 February. Continuing on themes touched on in his
inaugural address, Obama vowed the world’s largest
energy consumer would continue on the path to higher efficiency
and lower greenhouse gas emissions. And, if Congress decides
not to pass comprehensive climate change legislation, Obama
pledged to exercise his executive powers and go it alone. "We
can choose to believe that superstorm Sandy, and the most
severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states
have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can
choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science
– and act before it’s too late," he said.
"If Congress won’t act soon to protect future
generations, I will." The centrepiece of his...