President Obama forged ahead Saturday with his second-term agenda, asking college graduates to join his fight to curb global warming and to welcome young illegal immigrants into the county, in a commencement speech at the University of California, Irvine.

“One of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet face (is) the growing threat of a rapidly-changing climate,” the president said at the school in Anaheim. “The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that to rest. The question (now) is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late.”

Obama told those in attendance that they must respond now to protect children and future generations — a theme he has repeated after announcing in recent weeks new rules for reducing carbon emission for plants that burn fossil fuel.

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