Obama wants ‘conversation’ on climate change


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to begin a national “conversation” on climate change.

At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said his administration has taken steps to combat global warming, such as sharply increasing fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

But he said, `’we haven’t done as much as we need to” on global warming, which was virtually ignored during the presidential campaign until Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast.


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Obama did not outline specific legislation, but said he would talk with scientists, engineers and elected officials to find ways to make short-term progress to reduce carbon emissions. After that, he said the country should begin long-term efforts “to make sure that this is not something we’re passing on to future generations.”

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