After huddling with former Vice President Al Gore about climate change, President-elect Barack Obama declared, "The time for delay is over, the time for denial is over."
While it is a problem, it is also an opportunity to create jobs, make economy stronger, and make the nation safer, even as the United States helps save the planet, he said.
"We're not going to miss this opportunity," he said, sitting in between Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden
Obama vowed to bring together Republicans, businesses, and others to come up with an aggressive plan.
"We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do," Obama said.
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