Obama gets personal as he talks about climate change and clean air


President Obama gave an unusually personal and passionate speech as he officially unveiled his administration’s new rules to clean up climate pollution from power plants on Monday. He came across as emotionally invested as well as intellectually engaged — a man who seems to care a lot about making climate action a big part of his legacy.

He slammed critics of his Clean Power Plan, noting that they whine and claim the sky is falling every time we try to clean up the environment, and every time they’re proven wrong. From the speech:

Here’s the thing: We’ve heard these same stale arguments before. Every time America’s made progress, it’s been despite these kinds of claims. Whenever America has set clear rules and smarter standards for our air, our water, our children’s health, we get the same scary stories about killing jobs and businesses and freedom.

One of Obama’s main points…

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