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On Monday morning, President Obama referenced climate change in his second inaugural address, a historic reference. Going into his first term, environmentalists expected more from the president on climate change legislation than they ended up getting. The issue pretty much took a back seat in those first four years. But now, in the wake of Irene and with this pledge, Obama may be moving toward getting some legislation on climate change and in support of renewable energy. At least, that's what environmentalists are hoping, according to NPR. The first big test will be whether the president blocks the Keystone XL pipeline from being completed. But either way, he talked about addressing climate change in his inaugural address, so it's possible he really means to get things done in the next four years.