Wednesday, January 23, 2013

President Obama Prioritizes Climate Change for Second Term

In President Barack Obama's inaugural speech on Monday, January 21st, he outlined priorities for his second term. Most notable of President Obama’s policy pledges, was his commitment to climate change and sustainable energy:
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
This commitment to clean energy will certainly encourage students and graduates of our Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy program and reaffirm their career paths.

Our program has a tradition of preparing students for future careers in sustainability and renewable energy.  In fact, we are one of the few programs in the nation to offer a class on Global Climate Change. Additionally, students can enroll in a variety of courses on Renewable Energy, Energy, and Sustainable Development of Natural Resources.

DU Law has also partnered with the National Renewable Energy Lab to promote learning and education. The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute also works toward this end and has created this quick guide to climate change. 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in this area, contact us about our degree options! 

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