Obama to Announce Climate Change Plan at Georgetown
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013 23:06
President Barack Obama will announce his plan to curb climate change from the steps of Old North on Tuesday afternoon, the White House announced Saturday evening.
Obama will be the 14th president to deliver remarks from the landmark, joining predecessors George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton (SFS ’68) in the tradition.
“In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change for the sake of our children and future generations,” Obama said in a video announcing the speech. “This Tuesday at Georgetown University, I will lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go: A national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it. This is a serious challenge, but it is one uniquely suited to America's strengths.”
The university will have heightened security for the event and will close Healy Hall, Maguire Hall, Old North, New North, Dahlgren Chapel and the Davis Center for Performing Arts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Office of Protocol advised the campus community to expect 30-minute delays in travel time to campus between 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in a university-wide email Friday night.
The event, scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m., will be closed to the public but open to pre-credentialed press.