Obama: Failing to Fight Climate Change ‘Would Betray Our Children’

By Elizabeth Harrington | January 21, 2013 | 4:49 PM EST

President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural address at his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack H. Obama delivered his second inaugural address on Monday, including in his speech a vow to combat climate change, saying “the failure to do so would betray our children.”

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity,” he said.  “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,” Obama added.  “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.”

He continued:  “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure: our forests and waterways, our croplands and snowcapped peaks.”

“That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God,” Obama said.  “That's what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

CNSNews.com asked supporters who traveled to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to react to President Obama’s address, with the overwhelming majority agreeing that climate change (global warming) is an important issue that should be addressed in his second term.

One supporter told CNSNews.com that climate change is “absolutely” one of the biggest challenges from the second term.

“Climate change is real,” she said.  “We’re from the state of Michigan and we’ve only seen snow for two days.  You know, two real days where you had to actually shovel snow, and that is unreal for us.”

“So, climate change is real and when people say that it’s hocus pocus, it’s not real science. They need to really understand that this is serious and I’m concerned with science, and I’m concerned with the polar bears and the things that are happening in Alaska and the glaciers,” she said.  “They’re melting away.”

“The first term was a lot about Obamacare, so I’m glad that the next term we’re going to focus on sustainability, it’s an important issue,” said another supporter.

“I’m from California.  It was 30 degrees in California,” an attendee said.  “I was born in California [and]  it has never been this cold.  So climate change is a real big issue for me.”

Another supporter said he was pleased with Obama’s speech because it was “about the future and taking care of the future now so we have a reasonable future and we can compete in a world economy that is taking its focus on energy.”