WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made a speech Monday to the nations of the G-15, the group of industrialized nations that includes the United States, to reaffirm his support for climate action.
The speech, which followed a meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized nations, was focused on the need for action on climate change.
Obama called the summit a “vision for our future” and said “we are in this together.”
He pledged that the G20 would make its climate change plan available to all nations within the G7, and that the United Nations would continue to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including a carbon tax.
Obama also said that the U.S. and China would work together to tackle climate change and that there would be a “global commons” to fight it.
He said that “we will do everything we can” to combat climate change, but noted that “it’s not something that is exclusive to our shores.
It is a global problem.”
He said the United Kingdom and France had made significant progress toward reaching their own global emissions reduction goals, and said that he hoped that the Paris climate agreement could lead to a “bigger, better, cleaner world.”
Obama said that if all countries agreed to take actions, the world could reach a “tipping point” at which the “cost of inaction would become so prohibitive that it would require the entire planet to act.”