President Obama on Saturday said the nation has to take greater action to reduce carbon pollution, "for the sake of all our kids."

Delivering his weekly address at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C, the president met with children who are being treated for asthma, an illness aggravated by air pollution.


"One of the best things we can do for our economy, our health, and our environment is to lead the world in producing cleaner, safer energy – and we’re already generating more clean energy than ever before," the president said.

"As President, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing."

Obama is preparing to unveil his signature climate change regulation on Monday, which will limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

He said, "The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But a low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come. America will build that engine. America will build the future. A future that’s cleaner, more prosperous, and full of good jobs – a future where we can look our kids in the eye and tell them we did our part to leave them a safer, more stable world."