PRESIDENT OBAMA
on CLIMATE
CHANGE
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
June 25, 2013
presented by Denise Evans
Vice Presid...
What is Climate
Change?
• Any significant change
in the measures of
climate lasting for an
extended period of time
• Cause...
Gases that contribute to the
Greenhouse Effect
•
•
•
•
•

Water Vapor
Carbon Dioxide
Methane
Nitrous Oxide
Chlorofluorocar...
The Effects of Climate Change in
2012
The Costs of Extreme Weather
Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution
•

–

•

EPA to establish new carbon pollution
standards for both new and existing
power p...
Preparing the U.S. for Impacts of
Climate Change
• Supporting climate resilient investments
• Rebuilding and learning from...
Technology and Climate Change
• Wind, solar, and geothermal renewable energy
generation
• Clean nuclear power plant approv...
All Figures and Charts retrieved from www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan
•

Clean Energy Research &
Development
In 2009, the
Administration funded the
Department of Energy’s
Advanced Research
Pro...
Progress Made
• In 2013 Climate Change
plans were adopted for the
first time
• Interactive and sea-level
rise maps release...
"I refuse to condemn
your generation and
future generations to a
planet that’s beyond
fixing"
-President Barack Obama
The Big Climate Speech: Why tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities
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The Big Climate Speech: Why Tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities

How will technology impact global energy and climate challenges? What are the facts, the politics, the opportunities, and challenges for businesses? Join us for an extensive discussion of Obama’s climate speech impact on corporate and technology outcomes. Increase your knowledge, awareness, understand the facts, and assess the views.

Learning Outcomes: Increase knowledge and awareness of current events and business trends in climate change and future outcomes

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
a) Explore Obama’s climate speech
b) Examine global challenges and business impact
c) Discuss the future of climate change, explore technology, and analyze business opportunities

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  • 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the nation. Scientists had known since the 1800s that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat, and that burning fossil fuels release those gases into the air.  In the late 1950s, the National Weather Service began measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with the worry that rising levels might someday disrupt the fragile balance that makes our planet so hospitable.  And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution in our atmosphere have increased dramatically. That science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind. The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years.  Last year, temperatures in some areas of the ocean reached record highs, and ice in the Arctic shrank to its smallest size on record -- faster than most models had predicted it would.  These are facts. We also know that in a world that’s warmer than it used to be, all weather events are affected by a warming planet.  The fact that sea levels in New York, in New York Harbor, are now a foot higher than a century ago -- that didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it certainly contributed to the destruction that left large parts of our mightiest city dark and underwater.The potential impacts go beyond rising sea levels.  Here at home, 2012 was the warmest year in our history.  Midwest farms were parched by the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and then drenched by the wettest spring on record.  Western wildfires scorched an area larger than the state of Maryland.  and, a heat wave in Alaska shot temperatures into the 90s.  
  • The United States has more than doubled renewable energy generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources since 2008.Since 2009, the Department of Interior has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, 9 wind farms, and 11 geothermal plants.When built, the plant will provide clean electricity to 1.4 million people.New drilling technology allows the more efficient extraction of oil.
  • The ARPA-E focuses on “out-of-the-box” transformational energy research that brings together our nation’s best scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.The clean energy hubs bring together teams of the best researchers and engineers in the United States to solve major energy challenges.
  • The Big Climate Speech: Why tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities

    1. 1. PRESIDENT OBAMA on CLIMATE CHANGE Georgetown University Washington, DC June 25, 2013 presented by Denise Evans Vice President, Market Development IBM Corporation
    2. 2. What is Climate Change? • Any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time • Caused by human expansion of “the greenhouse effect”
    3. 3. Gases that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect • • • • • Water Vapor Carbon Dioxide Methane Nitrous Oxide Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
    4. 4. The Effects of Climate Change in 2012
    5. 5. The Costs of Extreme Weather
    6. 6. Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution • – • EPA to establish new carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants Accelerate Clean Energy Leadership – – – – • – Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Set goal to double wind and solar electricity, again, by 2020 Fiscal Year 2014 budget increasing funding for clean energy technology across all agencies by 30% Interior Department to green light enough private, renewable electricity generation on public lands to power more than 6 million homes by 2020 Department of Defense committed to install 3 gigawatts of renewable power on its bases by 2025 Build a 21st Century Transportation Sector – • Cut Energy Waste in Homes, Businesses and Factories – • New energy standards for appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers Reduce other Greenhouse Gas Emissions – • Add to car and truck fuel standards, standards for heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans Partner with truck makers to set fuel standards for next gen vehicles The EPA and Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Labor and Transportation to develop and implement comprehensive, interagency methane strategy by 2020 More Energy Efficient Federal Government Buildings – Federal Government will consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources within the next seven years.
    7. 7. Preparing the U.S. for Impacts of Climate Change • Supporting climate resilient investments • Rebuilding and learning from Superstorm Sandy • Launching efforts to create sustainable and resilient hospitals • Maintaining agricultural productivity • Providing tools for climate resilience
    8. 8. Technology and Climate Change • Wind, solar, and geothermal renewable energy generation • Clean nuclear power plant approved in Burke, Georgia • Federally supported new oil drilling technologies
    9. 9. All Figures and Charts retrieved from www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan
    10. 10. • Clean Energy Research & Development In 2009, the Administration funded the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) • The Administration has also launched a series of clean energy innovation hubs
    11. 11. Progress Made • In 2013 Climate Change plans were adopted for the first time • Interactive and sea-level rise maps released to aid in rebuilding efforts after Superstorm Sandy • The production of more domestic oil while also producing more cleanerburning natural gas than any other country on Earth
    12. 12. "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing" -President Barack Obama

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