In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama touched on a range of global challenges, but declared the environment his top concern.
“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” he said. Obama told members of Congress that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have fallen in this century.
The administration’s concern spurred its recent agreement with China on cutting emissions and expanding energy research. “Because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up,” Obama said, “offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.”
To further discuss his State of the Union address, Obama did interviews with several popular YouTube content producers. They brought questions from their fans to the White House. Bethany Mota, 19, a fashion video blogger, asked Obama why young people should care about issues such as climate change. See his response in this YouTube clip.
Obama hasn’t just talked about climate change. His administration has prioritized reducing America’s harm on the environment by taking these actions:
- Funding 360 energy projects, including a thumbnail-sized transistor that more efficiently transmits power.
- Requiring cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to double their fuel efficiency and reach 54.5 miles per gallon (23.2 kilometers per liter) by 2025.
- Proposing the Clean Power Plan, which would require power plants to reduce emissions by 30 percent in 15 years.