Obama vows to fight on for climate change bill
Prez Obama Wednesday pledged to fight on for a climate change bill, despite the collapse of US Senate legislation designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Washington: President Barack Obama Wednesday pledged to fight on for a climate change bill, despite the collapse of US Senate legislation designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Obama, after talks with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress, said a watered down energy bill soon to come before lawmakers, shorn of climate change action, was just a first step.
"That legislation is an important step in the right direction," said Obama, of a bill which focuses on the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and developing alternative energy projects.
"But I want to emphasise it`s only the first step and I intend to keep pushing for broader reform, including climate legislation."
Obama said the Gulf oil spill had shown that current US energy policy was "unsustainable," adding the United States could not stand by and let China create the clean energy jobs of the future.
"We should be developing those renewable energy resources and creating those high-wage, high-skill jobs right here in the United States of America.
"That`s what comprehensive energy and climate reform would do, and that`s why I intend to keep pushing this issue forward."