President Barack Obama took aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vows to “cancel” a landmark international climate change agreement, calling the Paris Agreement crucial to American leadership.
“Last year, that leadership helped us bring nearly 200 nations together in Paris around the most ambitious agreement in history to save the one planet we’ve got,” Obama said in his weekly video address to the nation. “That’s not something to tear up – it’s something to build upon.”
Trump vowed to rip up the Paris Agreement during his first major energy policy speech in May and has doubled down on that position again. That stance was cited by two former Republican EPA administrators as one of the main reasons they plan to vote for Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the November elections.
Obama also used his video address to preview one of the last big-ticket regulatory items likely to come out during his presidency: tighter emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
“In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles,” the president said. Observers expect those final rules to come out as soon as this week.
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