At the Paris Summit, President Obama accepted responsibility and said that he and his nation will take steps to curb climate change.
President Obama acknowledged his own country’s role in global warming. The occasion was the Paris Summit on Monday. He said that as the #2 producer of greenhouse gases, the United States stands just as guilty as many other nations of the crime of pollution.
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Thus this set a precedent regarding the fact that no nation on earth was immune to the blame of contributing to global warming.
President Obama has accepted the United States’ culpability in the matter and so this means that other nations smaller than the super power ought to accept their roles in the global climate conundrum.
But Obama didn’t just mouth empty words. He has said that he will help on a governmental and grassroots level in offering solutions to the crisis. Over 150 leaders from around the globe attended the conference. And it will last two weeks.
President Obama also reiterated the risk taken by convening all the world leaders at the same spot where so many tragic lives were lost in the terrorist attacks a few weeks ago.
The #1 polluting nation happens to be China. Obama presented a warning regarding the future of the world if pollution continues unabated. Floods that inundate coastal regions, wastelands in place of cities and crops that are withered stalks are just a few of the consequences.
Furthermore, political disarray was also a likely result as the richer nations and poorer nations got estranged even more from each other. Mass immigration was imminent. Inaction was the most foolish course. And by taking concrete steps, the world would be a better place for our children and their children’s children.
President Obama also spoke about how having a strong economy didn’t conflict with a pristine environment since a few checks and balances could help reduce pollution. The only thing was that the world had to be weaned away from its dependence upon fossil fuels. And this required cleaner sources of energy such as wind, solar and nuclear energy.
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In the past, the US and China have shied away from signing a pact concerning climate change. But this time when push has come to shove, China and the United States have decided to bury the hatchet and have embraced their responsibilities as the #1 and #2 polluters respectively. Obama and Xi Jinping of China met cordially and talked seriously concerning the issue at hand.