Can a non-American add to the enthusiam obviously felt by many of his countrymen for the new US President?
The US's position on climate change in recent years has been an awkward one (and I am perhaps being kind). Yesterday in his moving inaugeral speach, the 44th president spoke specifically to this issue.
He said that America can no longer 'consume the world's resources without regard to effect' and that 'Every day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet'.
He went on to promise to work with 'old friends and former foes' to 'roll back the spectre' of a warming planet' and committed his administration to the development of renewable energy sources.
This is a significant policy commitment for the US and a change of tone that will have resonated across the world.
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The full inaugeral speach can be heard or read here.