President Obama slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday as standing “alone in the world” in denying the threat of climate change.
Speaking at a conservation summit in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Mr. Obama said elected officials in the U.S. must continue to work on policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after he leaves office in January.
“It’s not going to happen if we boast about how we’re going to scrap international treaties, or have elected officials who are alone in the world in denying climate change, or put our energy and environmental policies in the hands of big polluters,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Trump has referred to climate change as a “hoax.” He has also vowed to cancel the Paris climate agreement that Mr. Obama has signed with dozens of other world leaders.
The president is on his way to a summit in China, where it’s expected he will formally enter into the climate deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Mr. Obama said climate change is real, and that global temperature trends are proving it annually.
“2014 was the warmest year on record until, you guessed it, 2015,” he said. “And now 2016 is on pace to be even hotter.”