Obama Inauguration Speech hits on climate change

At his Inauguration Ceremony, President Barrack Obama pledged to “respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Citing the recent devastation caused by powerful storms, wildfires, and prolonged droughts, the President described how increasing global temperatures are already beginning to affect the country.

President Obama previously outlined emission standards for automobiles that will require new model cars and light trucks to 54 mpg by 2025. The President has also supported a number of renewable energy initiatives designed to improve the country’s energy independence and rely less on foreign oil imports.

Although sweeping climate reforms are unlikely due to a divided Congress, President Obama can still make an impact by backing the Environmental Protection Agency when it begins regulating power plants this year.