When President Barack Obama signed the landmark Paris climate deal back in 2015, the world was treated to (and by) an American president who was able to successfully contend with political, ideological and financial opposition while uniting the three toward a common goal: saving the planet for future generations.
In signing the agreement, Obama noted that cities and businesses “will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
“The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis,” then President Obama said. “It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way.”
Yesterday – despite fervent buy-in of 195 nations – President Donald Trump announced plans to exit the agreement for no other reason than the abhorrent obstruction of progress disguised as fictional job-saving and profit-earning measures.
In a statement released just before the final decision was made public, Obama commented that – should Trump agree to exit the accord – his administration will have joined “a small handful of nations that reject the future.” With just under 200 countries still participating in the landmark agreement, the former president rightfully warned that other nations would certainly “reap the benefits in jobs and industries created.”
Obama regarded the Paris deal as the structuring of a future led by “bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well…[a]nd 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.”
This occasion marked one of the few criticisms Obama has made against the Trump administration since leaving office; surely a testament to the severity of the situation. Critics of Trump’s decision (of which there are many) have already pointed out his obvious targeting of one of the his predecessor’s crowning achievements, as well as a “win” against the “liberal conspiracy” he and his cohorts like to call the “climate change hoax.”
Though not to be all gloom and doom, the typically inspiring ex-president left us all with a little bit of his trademark “hope,” declaring that – despite Trump’s actions – states, cities and businesses will now “step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
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