President Barack Obama scolded political opponents of his global warming agenda in his farewell address Tuesday night, warning inaction on the issue will imperil future generations.

“Our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change. They’ll be busy dealing with its effects,” Obama said in his Chicago speech.

Obama said  that to “deny the problem not only betrays future generations, it betrays the essential spirit of this country,” clearly taking aim at the incoming Trump administration.

President-elect Donald Trump promised to rollback Obama administration energy and environment regulations he sees as hampering U.S. competitiveness, including signature global warming rules for power plants.

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