“Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it -- boldly, swiftly, and together -- we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

-President Barack Obama, September 22, 2009
Date: 11/01/2009 Description: Rocky Mountains © State Dept Image

"Climate change is a clear and present danger to our world that demands immediate attention. The United States is fully engaged and ready to lead and determined to make up for lost time, both at home and abroad."

-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, April 27, 2009

Climate Change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet, and the United States is taking significant action to meet this challenge. Under President Obama, the U.S. has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than ever before, and is demonstrating its commitment to lead through robust domestic action including historic investments in clean energy, stringent vehicle and appliance efficiency standards, and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that is making its way through Congress.

America's Response to Climate Change, an original video produced by the State Department for COP-15.
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Our Common Purpose: Addressing Climate Change

“If we are flexible and pragmatic, if we can resolve to work tirelessly in common effort, then we will achieve our common purpose: a world that is safer, cleaner, and healthier than the one we found; and a future that is worthy of our children.” - President Barack Obama, September 22, 2009
Ambitious Target to Reduce Our Emissions

President Obama (Dec. 18): "We've made meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough here in Copenhagen. For the first time in history all major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change."
Secretary Clinton Calls for Broad Operational Agreement on Climate Change

Secretary Clinton (Dec. 15): "Our world is on an unsustainable path that threatens not only our environment, but our economies and our security. It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change that will set us on a new course."