“I think it’s good for the world” — spoken like a true 12-year old.
President Obama yesterday vowed to keep pursuing greenhouse gas emissions cuts despite the demise of congressional climate legislation, calling carbon cuts “good for the world” and “good for our economies” — even as he acknowledged that global progress would be a “tough slog.”
Addressing the press in Australia, where legislators passed a carbon tax earlier this month, Obama praised Prime Minister Julia Gillard for pursuing “a bold strategy” to trim industrial emissions that most scientists say are contributing to global warming. Though a broad climate bill failed to clear Congress last year, Obama predicted that other steps his advisers have taken — including stronger auto efficiency rules and low-emissions energy spending — would help the United States abide by carbon-cutting promises it made during global talks in 2009 and 2010.
“I think that’s good for the world,” Obama said. “I actually think, over the long term, it’s good for our economies, as well, because it’s my strong belief that industries, utilities, individual consumers — we’re all going to have to adapt how we use energy and how we think about carbon.”