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Global Warming vs. Climate Change: What Does Obama Call It?

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President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York City.(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 12:11 PM

The two terms are oftentimes used interchangeably, but there are different schools of thought in the global warming vs. climate change debate. Throughout his administration, President Barack Obama and his staff have made policy decisions on the two scientific terms.

The Environmental Protection Agency takes the long view of climate change, which applies to major changes in temperature, precipitation, and wind effects over a period of several decades or longer.

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Global warming, by contrast, is a more recent phenomenon. Proponents of the theory assert it has resulted in an ongoing rise in the global average temperature through such sources as greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is viewed as just one aspect of climate change.

Obama has followed the viewpoints of most of his Democratic counterparts in the global warming vs. climate change debate. The president and his administration have asserted a belief in the theories that gained prominence through former Vice President Al Gore. Obama laid out his concerns in his Climate Action Plan that was unveiled in June 2013.

“Someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look us in the eye, and they’ll ask us: ‘Did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safe, more stable world?’” Obama said in a speech as he laid out the details of his action plan.

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Throughout his second term, Obama and his administration have made the global warming vs. climate change issue a focal point. The White House website states the president has been working with scientists to develop tools to make climate-relevant decisions. This is outlined in the administration’s third U.S. National Climate Assessment that was released in May.

In his June 2013 speech, announcing the components of his plan, Obama also stated a desire to work with other countries in an attempt at adopting global policies. “What we need is an agreement that’s ambitious — because that’s what the scale of the challenge demands,” Obama said at the time.

As for the issue of global warming itself, Obama also is making it a priority as he rounds out his presidency. Politico reports the president has assembled a team of negotiators who are attempting to create a global warming agreement that is to be signed in Paris in late 2015.

The agreement, if adopted, would seek to curb global warming conditions through such measures as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is possible the U.S. could also contribute to an international fund that would offer financial assistance to poorer nations that are unable to upgrade facilities.

Republican lawmakers have balked at many of Obama’s policy proposals as the global warming vs. climate change debate continues.

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The two terms are oftentimes used interchangeably, but there are different schools of thought in the global warming vs. climate change debate. Throughout his administration, President Barack Obama and his staff have made policy decisions on the two scientific terms.
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