Public Reacts to Obama's Climate Initiative

  • Sisters Trina and Nina Averytt, Pittsburgh, say they want President Obama to focus on the unemployment rate, not on climate change. Photo: Ashley Murray

  • Michael Anderson, Belle Vernon, Pa., thinks a carbon standard will be expensive now but will payoff in the long haul. Photo: Ashley Murray

June 28, 2013

After President Obama made the speech announcing his administration's climate change plan, Pittsburghers weighed in.  Many reactions were favorable.

"We got to come to a realistic blend of electricity sources," says Bob Smith of Mt. Lebanon, Pa. "I think it's a step in the right direction.  I think the people who are resisting it have their heads in the sand, but you know we gotta move this way regardless."

Scott Pyle of Pittsburgh is also a fan of the plan.  He says it's important to move these initiatives forward, even if that means the president goes around Congress. 

"Any action as opposed to inaction is good," Pyle says.

Michael Anderson from Belle Vernon, Pa. likes the president's focus on science and technology to solve the climate problem.  He thinks it could be a boost for the economy.

"I think putting a carbon standard in the short-term could be expensive, but in the long-term you would have businesses and localities spending more money in ways of reducing the carbon footprint," Anderson says.

However, not everyone agreed with President Obama's directives to the EPA for a carbon standard.

"I would just keep that man in my prayers and hope that next time the election comes, somebody else takes his place," Pittsburgh resident Trina Averytt says.  "I think it's a big waste of money, and I see why the economy is the way it is because they waste money on things that are really irrelevant to people's issues.  He needs to be talking about the unemployment rate."

Meanwhile, Dek Ingraham, from Eastern Ohio and now a resident of Pittsburgh, expressed disappointment that President Obama waited so long to address climate change.

"I would say not just on the environmental issues but on all issues, I’m just slightly disappointed with him.  I had such great hopes for him to be a really strong leader on all of these pieces.  I’m finally glad to hear him say that we’re not going to debate the facts of the issue anymore, that science is science and we’re going to talk about that.  But I feel it’s a little too late," he says.