Former President Barack Obama called out China and Russia at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) for not being as ambitious as they should be in the fight against climate change.
“Most nations have failed to be as ambitious as they need to be,” said the former President.
According to the Washington Post, “In a 44-minute speech in Glasgow, Obama affirmed that ‘the U.S. is back’ at the negotiating table after four years of ‘a lack of leadership.’ He urged young people to be hopeful in the face of cynicism and despair, and he criticized China, Russia, the Republican Party and the administration of President Donald Trump for their relative inattention to an ‘existential’ problem.”
“Back in the United States, of course, some of our progress stalled when my successor decided to unilaterally pull out of the Paris agreement in his first year in office — I wasn’t real happy about that,” Obama said. “And yet, the determination of our state and local governments — along with the regulations and investment that my administration had already put in place — allowed our country to keep moving forward, despite hostility from the White House.”
Conservative radio host Dana Loesch was quick to point out on Twitter that 44 shouldn’t be giving anyone advice on respecting the environment or climate change.
“Says the guy who angered Hawaiian locals by exploiting loopholes to build a mansion right on the coastline and retain a seawell causing beach erosion near a historic turtle pond. Please.”