Climate change warning to Congress: Take action, or I will. Obama spoke in detail on climate change this year. Last year, he allowed that the differences within Congress may have been "too deep" to pass anything. It was also an election year.
@BrianBoyer We're getting it fixed
NPR's Elizabeth Shogren:
President Obama echoed a commitment he made in his inaugural speech to address the threat of climate change, but offered scant details. He said he wants Congress to agree on a plan to cut greenhouse gases. But acknowledging such action is unlikely, he said he has charged his cabinet with coming up with ways to reduce climate pollution. Analysts said this opens the door for the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.
President Obama called on Congress to create what he calls the Energy Security Trust proposal. Federal royalties from oil and gas production on and offshore would be used, as the president said, to research technologies "to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good."
The president also called on Congress to help continue positive trends such as increasing production of oil at home, getting more electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar.
"After years of talking about it we're finally poised to control our own energy future," he said.
@CDGraves: We thought we heard something from the audience, too. We're checking with the NPR reporters in the chamber.
The green ribbons are for Newtown, the orange pins are for "No Labels", a group of more than 40 lawmakers pledging to "Fix, not fight". We'll put up a guide to these pins and ribbons later tonight -- good post idea.
"For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change," President Obama says, adding that it's time to heed the "overwhelming judgement of science." Obama says that the United States can stem climate change through a "bipartisan, market-based solution."
But then he issues an ultimatium that made Speaker Boehner cringe. "If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will," he said. "I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."
Regarding the plan that would save homeowners $3k to refinance, it's from a plan that Obama proposed to Congress in February 2012 but didn't see traction in the Senate.
The ribbons are for Sandy Hook victims, yes.
Obama now touching on early childhood education - how important is it in #STL? More than in other places? The same? #SOTU