President Obama waves to the crowd before delivering a speech at his second inauguration earlier this afternoon. (Chang W. Lee/New York Times)
Earlier this afternoon, President Barack Obama delivered the second inauguration speech of his two term career to a crowd of roughly 800,000 people in Washington D.C. During the nearly 20 minute long speech, Obama devoted time to many of the issues facing America, including climate change.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. 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. 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. 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.
While some believe that climate change played a key role in Obama's speech, others feel it got left out. Here's what Twitter had to say:
Huffington Post - President Obama: "We will respond to the threat of climate change."