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Obama on Global Warming: 11 Climate Change Quotes From President

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 02 Nov 2014 11:32 AM

The Obama administration has been an ardent supporter of fighting global warming, and has consistently waged attempts to prompt U.S. action toward reversing the effects.

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Last month, at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, President Barack Obama announced ways for America to assist other nations building a resistance to climate change, such as improving ways to detect extreme weather conditions and methods to better prepare for the impact of climate change.

Obama has said many things on the subject, including during a June 25, 2013 speech at Georgetown University. Here are some highlights:
  • "We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society."
  • "Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it's not going to protect you from the coming storm."
  • "We have to all shoulder the responsibility for keeping the planet habitable, or we're going to suffer the consequences — together."
  • "Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind."
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  • "Someday, our children, and our children's children, will look at us in the eye and they'll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them with a cleaner, safer, more stable world?"
  • "Those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don't have time to deny it — they're busy dealing with it."
  • "That bright blue ball rising over the moon's surface, containing everything we hold dear — the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity — that's what's at stake. That's what we're fighting for. And if we remember that, I'm absolutely sure we'll succeed."
  • "The problem with all these tired excuses for inaction is that it suggests a fundamental lack of faith in American business and American ingenuity."
  • "While we may not live to see the full realization of our ambition, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the world we leave to our children will be better off for what we did."
  • "As the world's largest economy and second-largest carbon emitter, as a country with unsurpassed ability to drive innovation and scientific breakthroughs, as the country that people around the world continue to look to in times of crisis, we've got a vital role to play. We can't stand on the sidelines. We've got a unique responsibility."

In a commencement address to University of California Irvine Class of 2014, Obama said:
"There's a reason that more than 700 businesses like Apple and Microsoft and GM and Nike, Intel, Starbucks have declared that 'tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities in the 21st century. The country that seizes this opportunity first will lead the way. A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine for growth and jobs for decades to come, and I want America to build that engine. Because if we do, others will follow."

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