Former President Barack Obama on climate change: ‘Saving the planet isn’t a partisan issue’

Former President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Monday, November 8th.

In rhetoric similar to the basis of his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama attempted to bring unity to the issue of climate change. “Saving the planet isn’t a partisan issue,” he continued, “I welcome any faction within the Republican Party that takes climate change seriously.” 

During his speech, Obama addressed climate concerns from coast to coast, suggesting, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, if your Florida house is flooded by rising seas, or your crops fail in the Dakotas, or your California house is burning down.” He added, “Nature, physics, science do not care about party affiliation.”

In another part of his speech, Obama frowned upon former President Donald Trump’s decision to remove America from the Paris Climate Agreement and expressed support for the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan, which allocated over $500 billion to climate efforts in the next decade. 

“I am convinced that President Biden’s Build Back Better bill will be historic,” however, he noted that not all Democrats are eager to address climate change. “Both of us have been constrained, in large part, by the fact that one of our two major parties has decided to not only sit on the sidelines but to express hostility to climate science and make climate change a partisan issue.”

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which includes climate legislation. President Biden is expected to sign the extensive and highly contested bill. 




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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