Climate change took center stage in Barack Obama's inaugural address, as the President highlighted previously stated intentions to make the issue a priority in his second term. In his speech, Obama tied failure to respond to climate change with a betrayal of 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," he said. "The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it."
Obama surprised many by devoting more words in his speech to climate change than any other sinlge policy. The central place he gave to the subject seems to indicate that it will be a realistic second-term priority.
With Congress controlled by the GOP, the White House will have to use its executive powers to address the issue. According to The Times, that means EPA action to clamp down on coal plant emissions, new efficiency standards for home appliances, and reducing carbon emissions from the federal government.
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