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Obama raises climate change agenda in inaugural address

23rd January 2013 by Madlen King

President Obama committed in his second inaugural address, heard on Monday, to confront climate change, placing the issue on a level footing with those of economic recovery, education and health-care for his second term. 

The address recognised the importance of more sustainable energy sources and technologies for future economic growth in the US. 

‘We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations’. 

‘The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries; we must claim its promise.’ 

The statement commits the White House to make progress on an issue on which little was achieved in the President’s last term, largely due to Republican control of the House of Representatives.  However, the impending EPA announcement of standards for emissions from power generation facilities may indicate the start of a turning tide. 

The full address can be found here.

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