In a statement, the Democrat said that the agreement could only come about in 2015 thanks to American leadership on the world stage.
“It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well,” the Former President said.
Yet, he said, “the private sector has already chosen a low carbon future”.
“And for the countries that have embarked on this future, the Paris Accord has opened the floodgates for companies, scientists and engineers to unleash high-tech and low-carbon investments and innovations on an unprecedented scale,” argued Barack Obama.
“The countries that remain in the Paris agreement will be those who will reap the benefits in terms of jobs and sectors of activity created,” said the former President.
“I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack,” he said. “But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations to reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got,” he concluded.