Making this decision has been on Obama’s plate for almost as long as he’s been president… and finally today, Obama has rejected construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that proposed to run from Canada into the U.S. Supporters of the bill said that this would create jobs and help decrease our dependency on middle east oil. Opponents of the bill argued that this would be a terrible idea for the environment (among other reasons). This is a major win for environmentalists and also a huge positive step to curb climate change!!
Today, as part of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single-largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The Clean Power Plan is an historic step in the fight against climate change. It sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, while creating tens of thousands of jobs.
The climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it even.
On March 23, 2015, President Obama met with American’s young scientists and engineers who debuted their innovative projects and experiments at the White House for the fifth annual White House Science Fair.
The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.
– The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated.
– Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
– Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
– Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.
And the fact is that, a major success of our civilization has the ability to prevent diseases that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable. And I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.
You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example, or people with certain vulnerabilities that can’t vaccinated, they suddenly become much more vulnerable.
President Obama, speaking to the Senior Executive Service, recognized Julie Kramer White, Orion’s chief engineer, for the successful Orion flight test. He also noted the spacecraft’s mission, saying that “when a human is the first to set foot (on Mars), they will have Julie and her team to thank and at that point, I’ll be out of the presidency and I might hitch a ride.”
President Obama Speaks to Senior Executive Service
President Obama recognizes Orion Chief Engineer Julie Kramer White during remarks.
In a speech at NIH, President Obama shows his humorous side while describing some of the science he observed. Including stumbling over pronunciation of electrophoresis and multi-parameter flow cytometer. The President continues with a number of other jokes aimed at his ‘knowledge’ of science.