President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants on Monday, potentially kicking off a legal battle between regulators and coal industry supporters.
Calling the plan "the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change," Obama emphasized that the regulation was about the present—not just the predictions of forward-looking models.
"Climate change is no longer just about the future we're predicting for our children or our grandchildren, it's about the reality that we're living with every day—right now," Obama said, adding that stronger storms, deeper droughts and more frequent floods are the results of the environmental shift.
"This is one of those rare issues—because of its magnitude, because of its scope—that if we don't get it right, we might not be able to reverse, and we may not be able to adapt sufficiently. There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change," the president said, later adding that "we can solve this thing, but we have to get going."