I just finished watching State of the Union. President Obama gave his laundry list to Congress and then reminded lawmakers that if they can't get their act together, he will move forward without them to make progress.
If you are an environmentalist who watched the speech, you undoubtedly found things you liked and disliked, but we can all embrace the president's direct aim at climate deniers.
Check out his language from the 2010 State of the Union:
"I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change."
Tonight's statement was much more direct:
"Climate change is a fact."
We couldn't agree more. Now is the time for candidates to follow President Obama's lead by being direct in our need to address climate change.
Extensive polling shows voters all across America are ready to act on climate by reducing carbon pollution. And candidates who chose to "run clean" in 2012 not only won, but laid out a roadmap for why it's not just good policy, but good politics.
We have a moral obligation to act so we can leave the world a better place for our children and our children's children.
The debate is over.
"And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
President Obama, 2014 State of the Union Address
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