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Reactions to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address


“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,”—President Obama during his acceptance speech, November 2012


“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”—President Obama during the second Inaugural Address, January 2013


On February 12, 2013, President Obama addressed the nation in his 5th State of the Union Address. Americans see that climate change is a problem that is happening right before our own eyes—and all eyes are focused on President Obama to address the root causes of the issue. Did President Obama address this adequately in his speech? This page is set up to compile civil society reactions to this year’s State of the Union Address. Please check back regularly for updates.

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(Photo by Pete Souza courtesy of the White House)

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