Obama lashes at Trump as climate legacy slips away

Obama lashes at Trump as climate legacy slips away, Washington TimesStephen Dinan, June 1, 2016

(Of dear. Woe is me Obama. Dirty rat President Trump has rejected President Reject Obama’s legacy of leading the world from behind and does what’s best for America. Tsk. Tsk. — – DM)

Former US President waves before he is awarded the German Media Prize 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Thursday, May 25, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A frustrated former President Obama chided President Trump Thursday for canceling U.S. involvement in the Paris climate agreement, and insisted the rest of the world is still headed toward lower greenhouse gas emissions even without American leadership.

Even as Mr. Trump was still speaking in the White House Rose Garden, announcing his decision, Mr. Obama issued a statement accusing his successor of isolating the U.S. by joining “a small handful of nations that reject the future.”

Mr. Trump announced he was withdrawing from the deal but said he would try to negotiate a better agreement that’s more fair to the U.S. His decision, in one swoop, eviscerated Mr. Obama’s top foreign policy accomplishment from his eight years in office.

Mr. Obama, who has been more forthright than previous presidents in criticizing his successor, issued a statement saying the new president was botching America’s leadership role.

But the former president said even without the U.S. government, businesses and other countries won’t back away.

“Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama negotiated the deal in 2015 and officially committed the U.S. last year.

He promised that by 2025 the U.S. would achieve a reduction of greenhouse gases between 26 percent and 28 percent below the 2005 level.

Though the agreement had many of the features of an international treaty, the former president declined to submit it to the Senate for ratification, where it would have almost certainly been defeated either by vote or by inaction.

Obama backers tried to argue the deal wasn’t binding and that the U.S. could ignore its goals without penalty, though legal analysts warned that remaining part of the deal could create avenues for environmentalists to go to court to force compliance.

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3 Comments on “Obama lashes at Trump as climate legacy slips away”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    Arrogant globalist Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the unelected European Commission, lectured Donald Trump and said that America would not be allowed to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in a stunning attempt to control American domestic policy.

  2. wingate Says:

    Is there any NASA mission to the moon imminent ? I have some suggestions for the possible crew :
    BHO ( or is it Barry Soetero or….) and his gang, Juncker, Assad, Kim Jong Un…..

    The capsule needs to be big – but only a one-way-version….

    This would help a lot – thats for sure….

  3. Cleo Says:

    Mobama, Juncker obviously think they are ‘the guys that matter’, yet Trump is THE ONLY TRUE LEADER WITH COMMON SENSE: at this moment the Dutch army only has 3 THREE (!) Leopard-tanks at its disposal!
    No wonder President Trump was angry at the miserable European politicians at the NATO-meeting last week!

    Global warming is a concept used by left-wing MSM and politicians to shift attention from the real problems such as islamic terrorism, illegal immigration, military aggression of Russia and China.

    Trump is RIGHT!

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