President Obama just gave a speech at the Montreal Chamber of Commerce in which he criticized President Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and commended the hundreds of American mayors and governors who have pledged to uphold the terms of the Paris Accord despite the “temporary absence of American leadership.”
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the current American administration decision to pull out of Paris. We’re going to have to act with more urgency. I’m looking forward to the United States being a leader and not just on the sidelines going forward
President Obama noted that the wheels of change are already in motion, and nothing President Trump does is going to change that, no matter how hard he tries to present a false reality to the American people.
“For all those jobs that were lost in coal, many multiples of jobs were gained in the solar industry but those didn’t get advertised.
All that work that we did is now embedded by decisions by companies around America and around the world. It’s not as if Walmart is now going to suddenly reverse itself. They are going to continue to build on the clean energy they’ve invested in because it’s going to save them money.”
Our dearly missed President ended with both a hopeful outlook and a warning that we would all do well to heed:
History also shows there is a better way. History shows, the United States, Europe, Japan show it is possible for us to overcome our fears and to reach across our divides.
This won’t likely affect me as much as it will affect [his potential granddaughters]. If we don’t act now then it is going to be that much more difficult for the next generation to deal with the warming of the planet.”
President Obama, who signed the Paris Climate Accord in 2015, roundly criticized President Trump’s impulsive decision to withdraw from it.
The “absence of leadership” in America since President Obama left office is felt stronger with each embarrassing debacle and each self-inflicted crisis.
Watch his speech here: