facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

White House: Climate change isn't partisan

June 20, 2013 at 6:41 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Climate change policies in the United States should not fall victim to bipartisan politicking, the White House energy adviser said.

President Obama described climate change as one of the top threats to the international community in a wide-ranging speech Wednesday in Berlin.

Obama's administration has been criticized by environmental groups for lacking a clear-cut climate policy. The president said Wednesday, however, it was time to act.

"Our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late," he said. "That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work."

White House energy adviser Heather Zichal was quoted by online news magazine Politco as saying the president will outline new energy policies that would not require additional funding or legislation to move forward.

"It's time to turn this issue from a red-state [Republican], blue-state [Democrat] issue to an American issue, and frankly that's what I think you'll be seeing from the president and the rest of his Cabinet -- a sustained focus on depoliticizing the climate on climate policy," she was quoted as saying after the president's speech.

Zichal said the plan may include benchmarks for renewable energy, energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Topics: Barack Obama
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
EU demands solution to gas crisis EU demands solution to gas crisis
2
Bakken oil pipeline, Sandpiper, delayed Bakken oil pipeline, Sandpiper, delayed
3
All staff back in Iraq, Gulf Keystone Petroleum says All staff back in Iraq, Gulf Keystone Petroleum says
4
Raytheon to supply components for Israel's Iron Dome interceptor Raytheon to supply components for Israel's Iron Dome interceptor
5
Shale boom driving gas prices lower, AAA says Shale boom driving gas prices lower, AAA says
Trending News
x
Feedback