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Anthony Leiserowitz on the 2014 State of the Union Address

A renewed promise of action on climate change - YPCCC Director Anthony Leiserowitz' thoughts on the 2014 State of the Union Address.

(Please note that this is an excerpt, the full opinion piece can be found on CNN's State of the Union Opinion Roundup.

President Obama's 5th State of the Union address called for reigniting the American dream -- one that feels increasingly out of reach for far too many Americans.

He vowed to take assertive presidential action this year -- with Congress where possible, but without Congress when it refuses to act. This includes perhaps his most important legacy -- making serious and substantial progress to reduce the threat of global warming and prepare the nation for the impacts already beginning to hit home. Future generations will look back on this President and on this time as a critical moment in the history of the world: did we choose to address this real and present danger or did we choose to ignore or deny the problem until it festered beyond repair?

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