It seems that despite whatever statistics are presented to show evidence of climate change, a vocal contingency continues to question the findings. It has become an ongoing source of contention and debate.
Due to years of lax enforcement and regulatory loopholes, no American alive today will live to enjoy clear skies over the Grand Canyon and dozens of other national parks -- unless the Obama Administration takes action.
As we enter 2013, President Barack Obama faces a major challenge on how to address climate disruption. The nation -- and the world -- are looking to him for bold action and to see whether America will finally take the steps needed to address one of the biggest crises our planet has ever faced.
Against this backdrop, Americans from all backgrounds are banding together to act. City by city and state by state, we are making progress. Americans are working together to phase out the dirtiest fuel -- coal -- and we continue to rack up victory after victory.
Americans know government safeguards drive dirty polluters to clean up their act. With these new carbon limits in place, we can count on a new generation of power plants that will create jobs, help stabilize the climate, and allow us all to breathe a little easier.
Today's 100th coal plant retirement is an important milestone, but we still have a lot of road ahead. Our goal is to retire one-third of the country's dirty coal plants by 2020 -- and replace them with clean-energy alternatives.
Even in the face of a year of unprecedented and unrelenting congressional assault on the environment, President Obama has proven that prosperity fits hand-in-hand with clean air and clean water, and strong public health protections.