Obama’s Final Words on Climate Change

Final words as President, that is.

In his Farewell Address, President Obama had this to say about climate change:

“Take the challenge of climate change.  In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil, doubled our renewable energy, and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet.  But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects: environmental disasters, economic disruptions, and waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.

“Now, we can and should argue about the best approach to the problem.  But to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations; it betrays the essential spirit of innovation and practical problem-solving that guided our Founders.

“It’s that spirit, born of the Enlightenment, that made us an economic powerhouse – the spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral; the spirit that cures disease and put a computer in every pocket.”


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2 Replies to “Obama’s Final Words on Climate Change”

  1. people around are bussy in dealing with their persinal issues merging from economicissues.Nobody has time to find to work for the future generation .This is the main reson for the new generations negigence on climate change and its impact.This attitude of people leads to election of New US president Mr Trump who denys the existence of climate change and who offers to withdraw the Parise Climate Agreement reached last year. Yet World desire for follwing agreement encluding most pollutrd China.If world desires so, Trump canot with draw from it

    1. Dear Mr. Kollambalath,
      Unfortunately, President Obama did not accomplish any progress whatsoever in mitigating the global climate. His climate policies failed to actually reduce the average global atmospheric temperature or slow the rate of warming. Obama was a complete failure in this regard and his clumsy foolish climate policies will soon be corrected or abandoned altogether.

      Beware of anyone who claims that they can mitigate the global climate without offering accurate verifiable proof to support their preposterous claims, such people do not respect truth and are not trustworthy.

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