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Obama hints at new drive on climate change

Published on Nov 8, 2012 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has hinted he will make another push to fight climate change after cruising to a new term, but his room for manoeuvre will be limited even with a new focus after megastorm Sandy.

Mr Obama, whose hopes for a law restricting carbon emissions blamed for rising temperatures died in the Senate during his first term, alluded to climate change at his victory rally after the issue's near absence during the campaign.

"We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet," Mr Obama told cheering supporters in Chicago.

Listing areas on which "we've got more work to do," Mr Obama said he hoped the United States would work on "freeing ourselves from foreign oil." Senator Harry Reid, the leader of Mr Obama's Democrats in the chamber where the party defied odds to increase its majority, also pledged to pay attention to climate change but did not offer specifics.

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