President Obama is in Paris this morning hoping to convince the world to take a stand on climate change.
There are strong emotions for and against climate change, and some of that spilled over into the streets of Paris – a city still on edge. “What we are seeing here is an outpouring of determination of Parisians to being heard nonetheless,” said Emma Ruby-Sachs, Avaaz Deputy Dir.
Amid silent protests and clashes with police, nearly 150 world leaders are arriving in Paris this morning. President Obama is hoping to convince them to cut greenhouse emissions.
He calls it a global threat. “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children,” said President Barack Obama.
He’ll likely face tough opposition back home. “President Obama is delusional on this. He’s delusional about the threat, which is apparently why he won’t do anything about it,” said Carly Fiorina, (R) Presidential Candidate.
“I hope while he’s talking about climate change in Paris. He’s talking about how can the NATO forces and the U.S. coalition forces and possibly the Russians work to defeat and destroy ISIS,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, (R) Texas.
Potential sticking points include whether big countries like France and the U.S. have a greater responsibility dealing with oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia…
And who pays to help developing nations clear the air?
Plus, small island nations want assurance they’ll be protected from storms and rising sea levels that they can’t control.