Did Obama’s victory speech signal a new commitment to acting on climate change?
Many believe that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Such a notion was belied by the presidential election of 2012 in which the words “climate change” and “global warming” never entered the debate and were absent from the candidates' stump speeches. (The very idea of climate change was mocked at the Republican convention.)
But last night President Obama broke the mold and at least mentioned the issue:
"We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.
Was that little shout-out to climate change just that, a shout-out? Or was it a call to action? Time will tell.