Obama Climate Plan: Watch President Lay Out First Detailed Plan For ‘Coordinated Assault’ On Climate Change [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 25, 2013 5:25 PM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses and wipes his forehead during a speech at Georgetown University in Washington. In his Tuesday address, Obama laid bare his vision to reduce carbon pollution while preparing the country for the impacts of climate change. (Photo: Reuters)

Obama's climate plan was laid bare on Tuesday during a speech in Washington, where 93-degree weather made for an appropriate backdrop to the president's climate change address. Speaking before a crowd at Georgetown University in Washington, the president detailed his three-part climate plan, which calls for capping coal power plant and heavy-duty vehicle emissions, increasing the use of green energy technology and making existing energy infrastructure more efficient.

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"I don't have much patience for anyone that denies that this challenge is real," Obama said. "Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer but it's not going to protect you from the coming storm."

The president emphasized that the U.S. must lead a "coordinated assault" on Earth's changing climate. "As a president, as a father and as an American, I'm here to say we need to act," Obama said.

"Our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," the president stated. "The net effect of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward."

In a speech in February, Obama said that if Congress failed to enact comprehensive climate change reform, he and his team would take matters into their own hands. "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," he said in speech earlier this year.

One thing President Obama mentioned that many were surprised by was the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. In Jan. 2012, the president rejected the proposed building of a fourth section of the pipeline. But in Tuesday's speech, where Obama's climate plan became clear, the president hinted at approving of the pipeline only if it met certain emissions standards and wouldn't interfere with the environment in any detrimental way.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, or NCDC, in 2012, the U.S. experienced the warmest year on record. Last year, one-third of the American public experienced temperatures exceeding 100 Fahrenheit. There were also 356 record high temperatures across the country that were either tied or broken.

Obama's climate plan makes clear what exactly the government plans to do to address these changes.

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