Tonight, the president broke his quasi-silence on the climate issue, promising once again to combat global warming during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
He made the comments while detailing his energy agenda.
"My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet," Obama said, "because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future."
He delivered the remarks as a pointed rebuke to Mitt Romney, who made climate change a punchline last week at the Republican National Convention.
Here's the full context of the comments, from the transcript, which Obama followed pretty much verbatim:
You can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. After thirty years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. We’ve doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries. In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by one million barrels a day – more than any administration in recent history. And today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in nearly two decades.This was unexpected; Obama turned out to be gutsier on climate than any other speaker at the DNC—maybe he's been reading the polls.
Now you have a choice – between a strategy that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it. We’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and we’ll open more. But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers.
We’re offering a better path – a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.
And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.