Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his last State of the Union Address, and in a big change from all seven previous addresses, he made action on climate change a central pillar of his agenda (one of four big themes in his speech) and called out climate denial and delay in no uncertain terms.
Last night the President said "Now we’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy. Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future—especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet. That way, we put money back into those communities and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system."1
But he left one thing out - The Department of Interior is about to open new leases to drill off the coast of the Southeast, and seismic blasting could start within weeks off the coast of states like South Carolina. Fortunately, key members of the White House staff are taking questions and suggestions online about how to deliver on the promises the President made during last night's SOTU.2 We need your help to make sure they get the message that talk is all well and good, but what we need is environmental action.
Can you click here to tell Barack Obama's team to respond to his state of the union by banning seismic testing to save our whales, our oceans and our climate?
It's a big deal to have the President touch on some of our biggest challenges, but change isn't made in a speech (as the President well knows), it's made by hard work, advocacy and a public demand for action. That's why, as good as last night's speech was to hear, today it's up to us to turn up the pressure even more.
Since we already know that Obama's top cabinet officials - including the leaders of the Department of Interior, EPA, special advisers on climate change and more - are all listening to us online today, why not use the power of our collective voice to show them that we heard the President, and now it's time for them to hear us and take some action.
Thanks again for speaking up on short notice,
Drew and the Save the Whales crew at Environmental Action
P.S. - You can watch a replay of the whole speech, including our commentary, by clicking here.
1 - The White House, President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address, Medium.com January 12, 2016
2 - Laura Miller, It's That Time of Gruyère: Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, White House Blog, January 8, 2016