News : Seacoast Environmentalists Cheer as Obama Calls Climate a Priority

Jan 23, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Deborah Mcdermott

Environmentalists and climate change activists are responding with near glee to President Barack Obama's words about climate change in his inauguration speech Monday.

"This is the Apollo Project we've been waiting for," said N.H. state Rep. David Borden, a longtime environmental advocate.

"It's amazing," said Jim Rubens, a New Hampshire consultant to the Union of Concerned Scientists. "He's directly on point. It's as accurate as we would hope for a national leader."

In his speech, the president said the country will "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

He went on to say that "the path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it."

Sarah Brown of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth-based green business organization, said she'll be looking for that leadership from the White House.

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