Obama finally mentions global warming

News and analysis by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post's environmental reporter

Although it only lasted about a second, the president finally mentioned global warming outside of the MTV interview he did last month.

In his victory speech this morning after defeating Mitt Romney, Obama may have signaled that he’s going to end his silence on global warming during his second term.

Here’s what he said early this morning in Chicago:

“But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

“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.”

Granted, this was a small mention in his 2,150-word speech, but it may be an indication that addressing global warming with a new international treaty by 2015 will actually happen after a melancholy U.N. Climate Change Conference in west Germany earlier this year.

The Washington Post made a checklist of environmental initiatives that will likely stand now that Obama won.

But it remains to be seen what exactly Pres. Obama will do about global warming in his second term, and something big will likely require cooperation from the Republican Party, which won’t be easy.

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