STEM Education and Climate Change Highlighted in President Obama's Inaugural Address

22 January 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-4

After officially beginning his second term as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama took the stage to deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision for the next four years. Among promises to protect the middle class and defend our social welfare programs, Obama emphasized the importance of both STEM education and action on climate change.

Early in his speech, Obama called for united action in order to train the “math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future” and build the infrastructure and research labs that will create jobs and new enterprise. Later again, he gave hope for renewed focus on STEM education by underscoring a necessity to “harness new ideas and technology” in order to “reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need” to achieve more.

When speaking on climate change, the President promised to “respond to the threat of climate change” because the failure to do so would be a betrayal of future generations. He said “some may still deny” it, but they cannot avoid “the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.” He asserted that America must lead the transition to “sustainable energy sources.”

These affirmations in the President’s address showcase a new executive agenda that will hopefully demonstrate a greater dedication to science funding and research.  Contact the President and his Administration to voice your scientific opinion on this new executive agenda, and be sure to view the 2013 State of the Union address on 12 February.