President Obama started off at the opening of the COP21 conference in France offering his sympathy for those killed and injured in the recent terrorist attacks. He went on to emphasize that embracing the climate change policy is equivalent to fighting terror – that it’s a “rejection” of what terrorists seek to do to the world.
“Fellow leaders, we have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city,” he said, Breitbart reported.
Obama then went on, speaking about climate change as if it were on equal footing with terrorism in terms of the immediate danger it poses.
He said: “We stand united in solidarity, not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to protect our people and uphold the enduring values that keep us strong and keep us free. We salute the people of Pairs for insisting this crucial conference go on, an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it.” (HT WND)
Obama predicted doom for the planet, citing his summer visit to Alaska to personally view the effects of climate change.
“It was a preview of one possible future – a glimpse of our children’s fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it,” he warned. “Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow. Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own.”
Obama spoke beyond the time limit, repeatedly ignoring the warning bell to continue his dramatic speech about the future of the planet. He admitted that the United States was guilty of being the second greatest carbon emitter but said he was committed to lowering carbon emissions.
“One of the enemies that we will be fighting during this conference is cynicism that notion that we can’t do anything about climate change,” he said, denouncing skeptics.
He cited Martin Luther King Jr. to lend moral authority and urgency to his campaign.
“I believe in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that there is such a thing as being too late and when it comes to climate change. That hour is almost upon us,” he said.
“The United States not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it,” Mr. Obama said.
Obama has high hopes of seeing his climate-change policies in effect before he leaves office, and has promised to focus his remaining months in office on achieving his legislative goals in this regard.