Obama lifts Paris climate deal as ‘Best possible shot”
PUBLISHED Wed, October 05, 2016 - 5:34pm EDT
After passing a threshold for ratification on Wednesday with support from European nations, a sweeping global agreement to combat climate change by shifting the world economy away from fossil fuels will take force next month. Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Obama called the "Paris Agreement" potentially a "turning point" for our planet. Obama said, "This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we got." Addressing climate change has been a core goal for the president. Indeed, netting the Paris climate deal is considered a critical part of his environmental policy legacy.
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