Follow Along: A Global Agreement to Act on Climate

Exit Glacier, Alaska
Melt runoff from Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. About ten years ago, this spot would have still been part of the glacier. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Every day, we are seeing and feeling the effects of climate change — here and across the globe. It poses a clear and present threat to our economic and national security. No country is immune from the consequences of climate change, and no country can act alone. Right now, we, as people, face a critical moment.

For the first time in history, we have a chance to put in place a global climate agreement that will spur countries to take ambitious action that will reduce carbon pollution, support clean energy, and ensure we deliver a planet that is worthy of future generations. That is why President Obama is heading to Paris on November 29th. He will meet with leaders of countries large and small — the world’s largest emitters and the ones that are most at risk — to find a way we can collectively reduce global emissions. 

Watch what the President had to say about it on his Facebook page:


Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.)I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner. I say this often, but that’s because it’s always at the front of my mind: We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids. And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all. Now, we’ve made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we’re leading the world to take action as well. But we’ve got to do more. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.I hope you’ll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important. At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it.If we’re all in this together, I’m confident we can solve this and do right by future generations.

Posted by President Obama on Monday, November 9, 2015


Under President Obama, we’ve already taken the lead on the world stage. The President’s Clean Power Plan will cut emissions from the U.S. power sector — which makes up a third of U.S. emissions — by more than 30 percent by 2030 and save more than $50 billion in climate and health-related costs in the process. It’s the largest step the United States has ever taken to combat climate change. 

And under his leadership, other countries are following suit. China, Brazil, and more than 150 countries representing over 90% of global emissions have announced climate targets, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Climate Targets

In Paris, he will work with world leaders to secure an agreement that:

  1. Reflects ambitious climate targets from all countries;
  2. Puts in place a long-term framwork that incentivizes countries to ratchet down their emissions over time in a transparent way with a view to achieving a low-carbon transofrmation by the end of the century;
  3. Provides financial and technical support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries.  

In Paris, the President will meet with President Xi of China, Prime Minister Modi of India, and leaders of island nations including the Seychelles, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, and Barbados, to disucss the existential challenge these countries face from rising sea levels.

No agreement can serve as the “silver bullet” to solve climate change. However, this agreement could help ensure that American action is met with global action to reduce the impact of climate change and preserve a planet that is worthy of our children. So check back here to get the latest from Paris, follow @FactsOnClimate, and learn what more you can do to help ensure the world joins the U.S. to #ActOnClimate


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Christie: Obama ‘A Petulant Child’ About Refugees

New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie declared President Obama a “petulant child” on the Syrian refugee issue on Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. Christie said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30] “the president was a petulant child in Turkey. You know, there are legitimate concerns being raised about the Syrian refugee crisis, and I’m one of the folks who’s raised them. When the FBI director says he can’t effectively vet these people, that should be the end of the conversation.” Later, when the discussion turned to fellow candidate Donald Trump’s claims regarding “thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11. Christie stated that he doesn’t remember such celebrations taking place, “if that had happened, I’d recall it, and I don’t.” Later on, Christie was asked, “is it true that the issue of gun control inspired you to get into politics?” He answered, “No. That’s not true. No.” Anchor Bret Baier then pointed to a statement by Christie in 1993 that he was motivated to run for office to preserve the state’s assault weapons ban. Christie said that he didn’t remember saying this, but conceded that he “could have” said it. He added that “It doesn’t
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Krauthammer: Carson ‘Clearly Doesn’t Know Anything About Foreign Policy’

Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson “is now hurt with the renewed interest after Paris, because he clearly doesn’t know anything about foreign policy” on Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. Krauthammer said, “the two people to watch are Cruz and Rubio. Cruz has made his move. It’s obvious that much of that is a result of the fall of Carson. The rise of terrorism abroad has injured two candidates. Last year, it was Rand Paul, especially after the beheading of James Foley, which sort of completely revived the issue, and Paul was hurt because of his ideology on intervention, and how to deal with terrorism. Carson is now hurt with the renewed interest after Paris, because he clearly doesn’t know anything about foreign policy, which can be a liability, if you’re running for the presidency. So, as a result of that, he now, I think, is slipping badly. About half of his support went to Trump. Carson had been in the lead in Iowa. So, Trump, and I think a lot of it now is going to Cruz. He has the support among evangelicals, but he knows what’s going on in the
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Jeb: Obama Is Being ‘Literally Petulant’ on Syrian Refugees

Tuesday on “New Hampshire Today” with host Jack Heath, while discussing the United States accepting Syrian refugees, Republican presidential candidate and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said President Barack Obama is being “literally petulant” by refusing “to explain to the American people what the procedures are so our fears could be calm.” Bush said, “The president has been literally petulant about this. I don’t understand why he wouldn’t want to explain to the American people what the procedures are so our fears could be calm.” He added, “I do believe in these cases—and I’ve used the example of Syrian Christians that are, but for the United States and but for the world community, they’ll be slaughtered, beheaded, raped, pillaged, because of their faith. I think we have a moral obligation to support them. You can tell when someone is a Christian in the Middle East I can promise you that. By name, by where they’re born, their birth certificates. There are ample means by which to know this. I think we have an obligation to take some refugees, but after a thorough review of the policies that appear to me to be pretty lax.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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