Obama: We Have to Transition Off of Fossil Fuels to Prevent Climate Change

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 16, 2015 | 2:32 PM EDT

President Obama at Camp David on May 14 with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Qatari Emir Tamim bin-Hamad al-Thani. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - At a press conference at Camp David on Thursday evening, after meeting with representatives from Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, President Barack Obama said that the world needs to transition off of fossil fuels in order to stop climate change and that he is working toward this end.

“But keep in mind that my approach when it comes to fracking, drilling, U.S. energy production of oil or natural gas has remained consistent throughout:  I believe that we are going to have to transition off of fossil fuels as a planet in order to prevent climate change,” said Obama. “I am working internationally to reduce our carbon emissions and to replace over time fossil fuels with clean energies.

“Obviously, we start at home with all the work that we’ve done to, for example, double the use of clean energy,” said the president. “But I think that it is important also to recognize that that is going to be a transition process. In the meantime, we are going to continue to be using fossil fuels. And when it can be done safely and appropriately, U.S. production of oil and natural gas is important."