Obama calls climate change the ‘global threat of our time’ in Berlin address

The Hill | June 19, 2013

By Ben Geman

President Obama on Wednesday called climate change the “global threat of our time” in a speech in Berlin.

Amid signs the White House is getting ready to unveil new executive-level steps to curb greenhouse gases, Obama linked fighting climate change to peace and justice while calling for bold action.

“Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet,” he said in a speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.”

Obama touted his first-term work on green energy and boosting auto efficiency rules, but added: “We know we have to do more — and we will do more.”

The White House within the next few weeks is expected to outline executive actions to be taken by the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments.

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