Canada Skips Climate Summit, Obama Disses Politicians Who Think Issue Is A 'Joke'
United States President Barack Obama delivered a scathing rebuke to world politicians this week telling them if they aren’t prepared to act on climate change then they’re not fit to be leaders.
“Any leader willing to take a gamble on a future like that, any leader who refuses to take this issue seriously or treats it like a joke is not fit to lead,” Obama said Tuesday.
While on a three-day visit to Alaska, he urged foreign ministers at the GLACIER conference to action — a meeting Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson skipped.
“The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past,” Obama said. He elaborated on “ambitious investments” his government has made in reducing carbon emissions and referenced strict climate measures the U.S. passed earlier this summer.
But on a global level, time is running out, he said.
“On this issue — of all issues — there is such a thing as being too late.”
The dig came amid the noticeable absence of senior Canadian government representatives at the summit. The country's official delegation was represented by a civil servant.