Extreme weather, climate change linked

President Obama made an explicit link between extreme weather and climate change during his speech Tuesday night, the way he did in his second inaugural address and during his victory acceptance speech. Obama intends to use the bully pulpit to emphasize the threat global warming poses, aides and supporters say, in order to build public support for future efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence,” he said. “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.

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