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Obama's Climate Plan And Public Health 'Cascade' Of Carbon Consequences

June 25, 2013

President Barack Obama stood on the steps of a Georgetown University hall on a hot and humid Tuesday afternoon to reinforce his pledge to tackle climate change -- a challenge he said carries direct consequences for "our children and the health and safety of all Americans."

"Someday, our children, and our children's children, will look at us in the eye and they'll ask us," Obama said. "Did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safer, more stable world?"

The health risks of global warming, of course, go well beyond high temperatures -- as dangerous as heat waves can be -- or even extreme weather events, including droughts, floods and superstorms mentioned by Obama during his speech.

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