(FoxNews) President Obama promised the United Nations Tuesday that his administration is "determined" to do more to address the nation's climate change obligations.
But left out of the speech to the General Assembly special session on climate change was the political reality the president faces in trying to keep that promise.
While the House passed a sweeping climate change bill this year, it has stalled in the Senate as health care reform dominates the domestic agenda.
Yet Obama asserted Tuesday that, while the United States was slow to respond to the global warming threat, his administration is doing more to combat climate change than any in history.
He touted progress that has been made during his term, including new standards for fuel efficiency in automobiles and the House version of the so-called cap-and-trade bill -- which he called the most important part of U.S. efforts.
"We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations," he said.
Obama warned that a failure to address the problem could create an "irreversible catastrophe." Obama said time is "running out" to fix the problem but that, "we can reverse it.".....