(THE HILL) President Obama devoted a significant portion of his second inaugural speech Monday to climate change, comments that quickly fueled environmentalists’ calls for aggressive second-term actions from a White House that has not provided a specific agenda.

Obama cited extreme weather that has battered the nation over the last year and cast tackling climate change as an obligation to future generations.

“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 said.

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