Barack Obama paid more attention to environmental and energy issues in his inaugural speech than any previous president. Upon becoming the 44th president of the U.S., Obama made an immediate impression on those wondering whether his presidency will signal the a turn to U.S. leadership in the Climate Crisis and environmental responsibility, mentioning such issues throughout his 20 minute speech.
Obama referred to the need to turn to science and technology for the sake of developing alternative energy and taking action against global warming. Watch video of the speech below.
We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.