The streets of Washington DC are still overflowing with excitement and energy from the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. Citizens from across the United States and around the world watched as Obama hit the ground running on Wednesday, but as citizens who care about the climate, we are all wishing and hoping that Obama will be the next environmental president. According to Bill Chameides of the Huffington Post:
Barack Obama is in the White House, his appointments are almost all confirmed, and everyone on the Hill is pushing a green recovery bill full steam ahead. We're at the cusp of an explosion of green investments, but we're keeping our eyes on the big picture, too.
Al Gore has been sounding the alarm on climate change for over three decades, and he understands the urgent need for American engagement and leadership on this issue. America must act decisively in order for the nations of the world to reach agreement on a climate change treaty at the December 2009 meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. The timeline is short for us to respond to the threat of climate change, and this hearing will examine what America must do to lead the world in crafting a truly global solution.