The people have spoken. And they have clearly chosen Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America. Hopefully the election outcome will result in USA moving away from its current destructive climate and environmental politics and policies. Hopefully well-needed change will come to USA, and the world.
People, leaders and organisations from around the world hurry to congratulate Obama and his running mate Biden while hoping that this will be a new "fresh" chapter in U.S. relations and politics.
The current French Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union said in a statement that "the European Union is ready to work closely with Mr Barack Obama and his administration" to together combat "the challenges of the 21st century" in "a spirit of mutual trust and dialogue":
The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said that "we need to change the current crisis into a new opportunity. We need a new deal for a new world."
In a statement John Passacantando, Greenpeace USA Executive Director, congratulated not just Obama but also "the American people for backing a candidate who stood up for real change in a time of deep economic trouble":
The Greenpeace's Making Waves blog congratulates Obama, but also wants to remind him about the promises he made during the election campaign:
Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth Action, said that energy was a key issue in the election and that "Barack Obama and the new Congress can help the United States fulfill its potential to again be a world leader in the provision of clean energy":
Henrik Hasselknippe, the global head of carbon analysis for Point Carbon, a research company based in Norway, said that Obama will be a blessing for the clean energy businesses and that the international climate talks have "been on hold" and just waited "for a new U.S. administration to take office":
Kate Hampton, head of policy at Climate Change Capital, a British investment company with $1.6bn under management, welcomed the election outcome while saying that Bush "had held back the growth of green business":
Ricken Patel, from Avaaz.org, said in an email that "after 8 long years of Bush" there would finally be "a fresh start":
Green Blog recently endorsed Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Because when it comes to environmental, energy and climate issues, only Obama stood out as the strong and aggressive candidate with a detailed and comprehensive plan to tackle these problems. Now we need to put pressure on Obama and his administration so that the promises he have made will not be forgotten.