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Obama Addresses Climate Change

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President Obama delivers his Weekly Address, Feb. 6, 2016.

President Obama delivers his Weekly Address, Feb. 6, 2016.

U.S. President Barack Obama says climate change is "one of the greatest challenges of our time," but America is standing up to the challenge.

"Today, clean power from the wind or the sun is actually cheaper in many communities than dirtier, conventional power," the president said Saturday in his weekly address.

"Over the last seven years, we've made historic investments in clean energy that helped private sector companies create tens of thousands of good jobs," the president said.

In an effort to continue that growth, Obama said "rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future. That's why the budget I will send to Congress this Tuesday will double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020."

"While Republicans in Congress are still considering their position on climate change, many of them realize that clean energy is an incredible source of good-paying jobs for their constituents," Obama said.

President Obama observed "all across the country, folks are putting their differences aside" to develop clean energy. He said "Washington should do the same."

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