The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.
Obama's State of the Union, January 27th 2010

Combating climate change requires collaboration with many levels of government.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
foreword to the report of the Transatlantic Climate Policy Group, Oct. 2009

To make a smooth transition to a low carbon future the Government, business and we as individuals need to immediately begin to implement a major programme of action to significantly reduce our carbon emissions.
Dr Kevin Anderson , Research Director for the Tyndall Centre's Energy and Climate Change Programme, 2006

It is increasingly apparent that we must act now, as climate change is accelerating. Climate change threatens both our security and our economic development. Failure to take decisive action will have a dramatic impact.
Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, Foreword to Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause, 2009/2010

Climate change is our generation's greatest environmental challenge. It threatens our economy, our Western way of life and our future. It will change every facet of our existence, and unless we adapt to it, the results will be catastrophic for years to come.
Gov. Bill Ritter, Colorado, Nov. 2007

Change your leaders, not your light bulbs.
Thomas L. Friedman, October 21, 2007 New York Times

Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it.
Tony Blair, Sept. 27, 2005

We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.
John McCain, May 12, 2008

An old American patriot described today’s situation very well. As America fought for its independence, Benjamin Franklin said, "we must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
Senator John Kerry at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, December 2009

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.
Barack Obama, inaugural address, January 20th 2009

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, 1882 – 1945

The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.
Nancy Pelosi

The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.
Theodore Roosevelt

Climate Change is a national security issue. We found that climate instability will lead to instability in geopolitics and impact American military operations around the world. People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections. But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.
General Gordon R. Sullivan, former Army chief of staff

Our task is tough, and our time is limited. Party organizations and governments at all levels must give priority to emission reduction and bring the idea deep into people's hearts.
Chinese president Hu Jintao, June 2008

The European nations take climate change very seriously.
Donella Meadows

Politicians think that if matters look difficult, compromise is a good approach. Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise — they are what they are.
Dr. James Hansen, scientist, Preface of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dec. 2009

And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
Barack Obama, inaugural address, January 20th 2009

Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve.
Senator John Kerry

The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.
Mike Huckabee

Policy decisions on climate change are being deliberated every day by those without full knowledge of the science, and often with intentional misinformation spawned by special interests.
Dr. James Hansen, scientist, Preface of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dec. 2009

The earth is warming at an alarming rate, we are running out of fossil fuels, and it is long past time for us to take action to correct these problems.
Bill Clinton

They used to ask: "How will this decision that we make today affect our people in the future?" Now we make decisions based on: "How does it affect me, now? How does it affect the next shareholders meeting, three months ahead? How does it affect my next political campaign?"
Jane Goodall, Interview The Ecologist, April 2010

Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
Peter Garrett

It's not a choice between our environment and our economy; it's a choice between prosperity and decline.
President Barack Obama, 2009

Carbon emissions need to be dealt with now, or the nation will pay more to do it later.
John Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon, January 2010

In Australia, average temperatures have risen almost one degree since 1910, and each decade since the 1940s has been warmer than the one before. That warming is real. Its consequences are real. And it will change our lives in real and practical ways.
Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, March 2011

Our nation is well equipped to make the transition. We have an abundance of natural resources like wind, natural gas, solar and geothermal.
Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, March 2011

In the quest for comparative advantage, investment will flow towards those countries that can offer more output for fewer emissions. Inaction will cost jobs. Action will support jobs.
Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, March 2011

Sustainable development is the peace policy of the future.
Professor Dr Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, 2004

This is the new politics. Personal responsibility. Not leaving it to others. I am my planet’s keeper.
Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2007

The market is ecologically blind, just like it is in social and ethical terms. Responsible policy should correct what the market alone is unable to regulate.
Franz Alt, Interview SonnenseiteThe future of energy - a moral dilemma - The market is ecologically blind, October 2011

I hope we can all agree that, instead of continuing to subsidize yesterday's energy sources. We need to invest in tomorrow's.
President Obama to Congress, April 2011

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