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President Obama’s SOTU Address Points to Stronger Low-Carbon Future


The Nature Conservancy

Press Statement

Arlington, VA | January 13, 2016

The Nature Conservancy is pleased that President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, delivered at the United States Joint Session of Congress on January 12, 2016, directed the nation’s attention with respect to climate change on practical solutions, and specifically the opportunities available through technological innovation to move the world forward to a low-carbon future.

The Nature Conservancy strongly supports technological and land-use innovations to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions necessary to avert the negative impacts of climate change. We are at a critical juncture where we, as a country, are reinventing our transportation and electric power systems, driving this transformation in ways that bring economic and environmental benefits.

“Climate change poses dramatic challenges to our communities, economies and to The Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission,” says Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director of Public Policy. “But we’re excited by the new technologies, new business models, and new resolve that are creating a climate of innovation and an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, and offer better energy choices to consumers.”

The Nature Conservancy is especially pleased to see the Administration’s support of assistance to developing countries as they address climate change. By facilitating developing countries’ efforts to monitor and reduce emissions and to manage climate impacts, the United States can help increase their resilience and enhance the effectiveness of the international response. We look forward to working with policymakers and the private sector to drive practical policies that successfully advance a low-carbon economy and deploy nature-based solutions that reduce emissions and bolster resilience.

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Geraldine Henrich-Koenis

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A Note From Our Global Leader

President Obama's final State of the Union Address focused America's attention on its future. And, as his speech reinforced, there is perhaps no greater opportunity for this generation than participating in the creation of the world's new low-carbon economy—and placing innovation in the driver's seat. The President alluded to the many technological innovations in front of us that are already helping this new path take shape. For my organization's part, we are laser-focused on ensuring that the world maximizes the potential for nature-based solutions to solve 20 percent—or perhaps even more—of our carbon reduction needs while also increasing the security and resilience of our cities and communities. We have only just begun to tap nature's potential as a climate solution.

Originally Posted on The Nature Conservancy

January 01, 1970