On Tuesday, addressing students at Georgetown University , President Obama laid out his vision to both fight climate change and prepare our country for its impacts in a National Climate Action plan, hoping to enlist the support of younger Americans for it.
Moving past lingering doubts about the reality of climate change, the President asserted that "the overwhelming judgement of science has put all that to rest" and ticked through a series of alarming facts: "Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all human kind. The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years. Last year temperatures in some areas of the ocean reached record highs, and ice in the Arctic shrank to its smallest size on record, faster than most models predicted it would. These are facts."