In an interview with The New York Times about his legacy, President Obama said he expects the most important part of his legacy to be his work on climate change. You can watch a clip of Obama’s interview with The Times’ Coral Davenport and Mark Landler below.
Obama noted that he gets regular briefings on global warming, calling the charts and graphs he sees “terrifying.”
“What makes climate change difficult is that it is not an instantaneous catastrophic event,” Obama said. “It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see.”
“Climate change, Mr. Obama often says, is the greatest long-term threat facing the world, as well as a danger already manifesting itself as droughts, storms, heat waves and flooding,” The Times reports. “More than health care, more than righting a sinking economic ship, more than the historic first of an African-American president, he believes that his efforts to slow the warming of the planet will be the most consequential legacy of his presidency.”
Obama says that during his presidency most Americans have come to believe “that climate change is real, that it’s important and we should do something about it.”
The Times adds: “He enacted rules to cut planet-heating emissions across much of the United States economy, from cars to coal plants. He was a central broker of the Paris climate agreement, the first accord committing nearly every country to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“But while climate change has played to Mr. Obama’s highest ideals — critics would call them messianic impulses — it has also exposed his weaknesses, namely an inability to forge consensus, even within his own party, on a problem that demands a bipartisan response.”
Here’s the clip posted by The New York Times …