ENVIRONMENT

Obama's Climate Change Quotes: Best Lines From Georgetown Speech

US President Barack Obama speaks on climate change on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Obama said Tu
US President Barack Obama speaks on climate change on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Obama said Tuesday that Americans were already paying the price for global warming, and that despite opposition from climate change deniers, 'we need to act.' 'Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction,' Obama said, unveiling a a national strategy to fight greenhouse gas emissions, and adding: 'as a president, as a father, and as an American, I am here to say, we need to act.' AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama gave a speech that could very well land in the annals of climate change history.

He spoke at Georgetown University in the middle of a sweltering summer day, sweat dripping down his face and loud planes buzzing overhead, ironically drowning out Obama's demands to lower greenhouse gases and carbon emissions.

Although the speech was dense with facts and legislative promises, Obama remained characteristically poetic and inspirational.

"I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing," he pledged. "We will be judged as a people, and as a society, and as a country on where we go from here."

More of the speech's best quotes are in the slideshow below. Did you have any favorite lines that we skipped over? Let us know in the comments!