Sore Loser: Obama lashes at Trump as climate legacy slips away

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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    Rhee

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    #SoreLoserman

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    G

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    The title should refer to Obama’s SOCIALIST legacy. The “climate change” agenda has never been anything more than a veiled life support system for failed socialist intentions.

    Leftists could care less about REAL environmental issues. If they did, they would be proposing all that mega money be spent on real environmental projects with tangible and measurable results.

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    Amber

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    The USA has made significant reductions where and when it makes sense .
    China , India and other countries don’t have the abundance of natural gas and there emissions will sky rocket .
    A $Trillion dollars to maybe reduce the earths temperature temporarily by
    less than 1/2 % degree… maybe . The Paris Insane Agreement is nothing more than a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a save the planet farce .

    IF this congame continues put it to a vote .

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    Vortigern

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    And who is the
    lying, imposter pig to criticize
    Lawfully President Trump ?

    Remember when any criticism of the
    Kenyan Imposter
    was treated as

    RACISM

    By the MSM and Democrat party scum ?

    But the IMPOSTER is to be given
    A FREE PASS
    to criticize
    A Lawfully elected President !

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    Sonnyhill

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    So the USA has reduced CO2. Some of that was subsidized , otherwise it didn’t make sense . Some of the CO2 reduction came from closing factories and transferring the CO2 to Mexico, China, etc. Some of the reduction was legislated, as in CAFE laws and EPA’s war on coal and pipelines. Obama won’t tell the truth because it’s inconvenient. The rent seekers are regrouping.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Pipe down Obama you liar and dictator,abuser of the power of office,america bashing leech and crinimal releasing scum ball he belongs in prison with a lot of others

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    G

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    Obama has all the right in the world to criticize Trump and Republicans. It’s just a classless and unprofessional thing for a former President to do on he heels of his own (profoundly failed) administration.

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