(PresidentialWire.com)- Former President Barack Obama took some shots at his successor in Scotland on Monday, trying to spin to the rest of the world that the United States does indeed care about fighting against climate change.
Appearing at the international climate summit in Glasgow, Obama said he was regretful for “four years of active hostility towards climate science” and the denial of climate change exhibited by the Republican Party during former President Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
And while he directly attacked Trump in his speech, Obama also said he believed that global politics as a whole wasn’t doing nearly enough to save our planet from catastrophe.
As he said in his speech:
“I recognize that we’re living in a moment when international cooperation has atrophied — in part because of the pandemic, in part because of the rise of nationalism and tribal impulses around the world, in part because of a lack of leadership on America’s part for four years on a host of multilateral issues.”
Obama’s attacks on Trump followed those made by President Joe Biden while he appeared at the summit last week. The two Democrats — who worked directly together during Obama’s presidency — seem to be trying to appease the rest of the world and blame Trump and Republicans for the world’s climate problems.
Biden apologized explicitly for the United States pulling out of the Paris climate accords in his speech last week.
Still, many in the international community are doubting whether the U.S. and Congress is indeed serious about combatting climate change — or whether even what the Democrats are saying is a lot of lip talk.
Obama tried to say that America was re-engaging with world powers to play a part in climate change. Then, he flip-flopped, saying that even when Trump was in office, the U.S. remained on track to play its part.
“Of course, back in the United States, 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.”
Despite that, the former president said “the American people met our original commitment under the Paris Agreement [during the Trump administration]. Not only that, but the rest of the world stayed in the deal.
“And now with President Biden and his administration rejoining the agreement, the U.S. government is once again engaged and prepared to take a leadership role.”
So, is it Trump’s fault that the world isn’t doing enough to combat climate change? Or, did America indeed live up to all its commitments under the Paris climate accords, even if Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreements?
Obama didn’t seem to be convinced of his words when he was speaking, as he was playing both sides with his comments. Even on the international stage, though, Democrats have to put each other before the best interests of America.