Although the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline remains the elephant in the room, President Obama deserves praise for his strong remarks about climate change denial this afternoon at the University of California-Irvine:

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The speech was every bit as good as Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s “Time to Wake Up” speeches on the Senate floor. At a time when the hands of Charles and David Koch remain clamped over the mouths of Republicans who know the reality and the risk of carbon pollution, and the screams of the science deniers drown out the voices of reason and rationality, Obama’s words are more powerful than ever–and more needed than ever.

As always, words must be backed with action–including saying no to KXL and fracking. Yet words can be a call to action–and these words were quite inspiring. Well done, Mr. President.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.