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Obama to propose 'national plan' on climate change

Published on Jun 23, 2013 9:13 AM
 
US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on June 21, 2013. US President Barack Obama will give a major speech on climate change on Tuesday in which he will propose a "national plan" to curb carbon pollution despite resistance from Congress. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will give a major speech on climate change on Tuesday in which he will propose a "national plan" to curb carbon pollution despite resistance from Congress.

Mr Obama has made taking action on climate change a key goal of his second term but will have to rely on the powers of the presidency as the Republican-led House of Representatives would likely block any fresh legislation.

"I'll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go - a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it," Mr Obama said Saturday.

"We'll need scientists to design new fuels, and farmers to grow them. We'll need engineers to devise new sources of energy, and businesses to make and sell them. We'll need workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy."

 
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