Obama says no challenge greater threat to U.S. future than climate change

President Barack Obama formally unveils his administration’s ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants and declares climate change the greatest threat facing the world.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 03, 2015) (RESTRICTED POOL) – President Barack Obama on Monday (August 3) formally unveiled his administration’s ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants and declared climate change the greatest threat facing the world.

“I’m convinced that no challenge poses a great threat to our future and future generations than a changing climate, and that’s what brings us here today,” said Obama.

Speaking to a friendly crowd at the White House a few months before international climate talks in Paris, Obama said the world may not be able to reverse global warming if aggressive action to stop it is not taken.

“There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change,” said Obama.

Obama rejected criticism that his plan would increase energy bills for Americans, hurt the poor, and cost jobs, calling America’s Clean Power Plan, “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change.”