The President of the United States, Barack Obama, assured today in his last State of the Union address that he will press for "changes" in the way the US handles oil and coal, thus redoubling its commitment to the clean energy and the fight against climate change.
Instead of subsidizing the past, we must invest in the future, especially in communities that live off fossil fuels. That is why I am going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they entail for taxpayers and the planet, ”Obama told both houses of Congress.
The US president admitted that "none of this will happen in one night" and that there are many "interests" that want to protect the status quo, but assured that job creation, savings and preservation of the planet "is what our children deserve. and grandchildren ”.
“Even if the planet wasn't at stake, even if 2014 wasn't the hottest year on record - until 2015 was even warmer - why would we want to pass up the opportunity for US companies to produce and sell the energy of the future? ”asked the president.
Obama also had words for part of the Republican opposition, whom he has already reproached on more than one occasion for continuing to deny climate change, but this time he told them that if they want to "discuss science, do so."
“You will be very lonely, because you will be discussing our Army, the majority of US business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 countries around the world who agree. in that it is a problem and they try to solve it ”, he concluded.