By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Climate change occupied a significant chunk of Monday’s speech, and Obama did not stint on the language, suggesting it was a religious and patriotic duty to deal with the challenge.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Obama said. He made a carefully calibrated appeal to Republicans, situating a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in a religious and conservative framework of God and constitution.
“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,” Obama said.
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