In June, President Obama's landmark speech at Georgetown University delivered a powerful message on the dangers the world faces from global warming – extreme weather, rising seas, increased wildfires, epic droughts. "We will be judged," he said, "as a people, as a society, and as a country, on where we go from here." So where do we go? In his first term, Obama enacted tougher vehicle mileage standards and doubled electricity from renewables. But he's still got a long way to go. Here are a few things the president could achieve in his second term.
Kill the Keystone Pipeline.
Construction of the 1,700-mile-long pipeline, which would ship carbon-intensive tar-sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, is awaiting approval from the U.S. State Department. The president's position on it has never been clear. Sold as a way to keep oil prices low, the pipeline mostly perpetuates dependence on fossil fuels and does nothing for energy security (most of the oil would be sold on the global market). A better solution: Keep boosting vehicle fuel efficiency standards and kill the pipeline.
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