Credit: US Army
President Obama has promised the US government will
undertake a "year of action", and that includes tackling climate
For the last couple of years, the president has used his annual
state of the union address to nudge climate change up the
government's agenda. His latest speech on tuesday evening was no
We break down the key climate and energy messages from President
Obama's sixth state of the union address - from facing climate
facts, to addressing "carbon pollution".
Climate change is still on the agenda
President Obama doesn't always mention climate change in his
state of the union addresses.
The term was absent from his 2011 speech, with some commentators
accusing the president of
running scared over an issue that had become
This year - as with the last two addresses - he did mention it,
We searched for the term 'climate' and its variations (such as
'climatic') across Obama's last six state of the union addresses.
The results show Obama has used the early addresses of his second
four-year term to promote climate action, in contrast to a dip at
the end of his first term:
This year, the president equalled his past record of mentioning
climate change 3 times.