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Inauguration 2013: Obama Vows to Address Climate Change During Second Term

What action do you think the president should take? Tell us in the comments.

President Barack Obama has pledged to take action on climate change during his second term in office, saying the U.S. must be a leader in a global transition toward the use of sustainable energy.

What course of action would you like to see the president take? Weigh in by taking our poll and offering your comments below.

The remarks came from Obama's inauguration address, delivered Monday morning outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Citing the effects of "more powerful storms" and "crippling drought," Obama continued: "We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries—we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure—our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks."

You can watch the entirety of the president's inaugural address on the Huffington Post.  

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Vernon Simmons January 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Climate change does not have full scientific backing and there is every reason to believe that the causes and effects are much smaller than reported in the press. Extensive changes to the economy and to business in the name of climate change will do more harm than good. The cap in trade law in California is a perfect example of a very marginal concept that will significantly impact business and government. It should be done away with. This has become an emotional issue that is not supported by solid technical facts.

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