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‘We will respond’ to climate change: Obama


From the January 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 23, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama called for action on climate change and in the same breath pushed sustainable energy resources. "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity," he said. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."

While the path toward sustainable energy sources "will be long and sometimes difficult," America "cannot resist this transition; we must lead it," Obama said. "We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared."

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