His administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency, is dealing substantial blows to the coal industry with the goal of curbing carbon emissions in mind. A late-June statement of policy from the White House called climate change a “serious challenge.” And Obama declared with other G20 nations June 19 that “climate change will continue to have a significant impact on the world economy, and costs will be higher to the extent we delay additional action.”
From the front door of the White House, however, Carney highlighted Obama’s trips to disaster areas to sympathize with hurting Americans.
“[Obama's] concern is that we, as a people, and that the government specifically, take every action it can to help those who are affected by these kinds of events,” Carney said Sunday in response to the climate change question. “As we also saw in Joplin, the remarkable capacity of the American people to rebound from these events is inspiring, both to the president and I think to everyone across the country.”