United States Secretary of State John Kerry, called on all developing countries to respond to “the greatest challenge of our generation,” global warming and climate change. Kerry stood before students in Jakarta, Indonesia and opponents to the climate-change debate. He states that climate change is really an “undeniable fact” despite what the flat world societies believe (making reference to Flat Earth Society). This “undeniable fact” is quoted by the President of the United Sates, who explains in his Action Plan how global warming from greenhouse gas emissions have caused the climate change people are seeing today.
Rich ecosystems, such as what are found in Indonesia, are at risk, Kerry states. The rising temperatures will affect the aquatic life, and as a result, the economy will undoubtedly suffer as the fishing industry takes a toll. Kerry further mentions how very little has progressed since the meeting with experts in Brazil; this was in 1992. America’s emissions were cited as a contributing factor to the greenhouse gases, though it is second to China. The Obama administration has promoted a plan called the President’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut emission levels by 17 percent from what was documented in 2005.
In this plan, the Administration will continue cutting down on carbon pollution; prepare the country for the impact of climate change, meaning the Administration plans on strengthening roads, bridges and shorelines; lead international efforts to combat global warming and climate change through negotiation and cooperative planning. Renewable energy is a much discussed issue in politics, specifically addressed by the President’s Action Plan on global warming. Gasoline prices, and concerns over the United States involvement in the Middle East, has long ago prompted research into alternative sources. During the Obama’s administration, the plan states that electricity generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources have doubled from 2005 in the United States. President Obama has set an additional goal to double this renewable electricity again by 2020.
In 2012, the Department of the Interior achieved another of the President’s goals by providing 10 gigawatts of “renewables” on public lands. Another goal was set for “accelerating clean energy permitting,” and that is to permit an additional 10 gigawatts by 2020. Additional goals within the Climate Action Plan involves “spurring investment in advanced fossil energy projects,” and a review board that will focus on infrastructure challenges, identify threats, risks, and opportunities for energy and climate security. This Federal Quadrennial Energy Review will be led by the Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Many more goals to reduce the effects of global warming are explained in detail in the President’s Climate Action Plan. Some of which include the aim to strengthen global resilience to climate change, improve conservation efforts of land and water, maintain agricultural sustainability, and promote resilience in the health sector. Kerry urges Indonesia to take necessary steps to increase resiliency toward climate change. He urges the citizens of the country, and everywhere else, to understand the fight against climate change and global warming must be a cooperative one.
By Lindsey Alexander