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Obama Makes Climate Change a Priority in Inaugural Speech

January 22, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Obama went all climate hawk on America in his second inaugural address: "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."[read more]

President Obama’s call to action on energy and climate: “Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.”

January 20, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Considering that this was an inaugural address, a speech whose aims are primarily rhetorical and visionary, our 44th president devoted more of his remarks to clean energy and global warming than anyone could have expected. Yet it may be these muscular and optimistic lines that offer the greatest encouragement to the nation and the world...[read more]

Washington’s coal wars

January 14, 2009 by Marc Gunther

The debate over clean coal has come to Washington in a big way. Specifically, you can see it in Metro Center, D.C.’s busiest subway stop, where millions of people, including those headed to town for President-elect Obama’s inauguration, will see walls of posters and banners saying that “clean coal” is a myth. The ad campaign comes...[read more]