Former President Barack Obama expressed regret at the lack of US leadership in the global push to fight climate change while in Paris on Saturday.
Obama spoke at an invitation conference in France called the Napoleon, and lamented the fact that the United States was no longer involved with the Paris climate agreement.
"I guarantee you that at this moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue," Obama said.
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Facing the CEOS and French officials, Obama described an ongoing commitment to fight climate change despite the pause in American leadership , according to a report by Reuters .
The former president praised the actions of individual states and cities that have continued to create policies to reduce human impacts on climate. The United States, said Obama, is still on track to meet the goals set in previous agreements, thanks to those actions. Continuing to fight against climate change "makes commercial sense," he said.
At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, in November, a group of US cities, states and companies came together to make a plan in honor of the promise of Paris.
Obama did not explicitly mention President Donald Trump by name, but his remark referred to Trump's decision to eliminate the US. UU Of the Paris climate agreement in June. I know. UU They can not fully exit the agreement until 2020, but Trump has stopped participating in the stipulations of the agreement. When Trump announced the elimination, Syria was the only other country in the world that did not participate in the plan. But Syria signed the agreement in November, leaving the US UU In isolation.
The two presidents clearly differ greatly in their styles and strategies, and this was evident in Obama's veiled comments about Trump. He mentioned the importance of using social networks reflexively, causing laughter among the crowd when he mentioned that he had more followers than others "who use it more frequently".
It was during Obama's time in office that the Paris agreement was arranged, and the former president was a strong advocate of reducing carbon emissions. Trump, on the other hand, used his plans to withdraw from the agreement as a point in his presidential campaign.
Obama also met with French President Emmanuel Macron for lunch. Macron criticized Trump for abandoning the Paris agreement, but since then he has tried to improve the relationship between the two presidents.