Obama addresses climate change summit

Obama addresses climate change summit

Former President Barack Obama is in Chicago on Tuesday and among his stops: delivering remarks at the North American Climate Summit hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

He explained mayors are stepping up because there's no consensus from national governments. It was billed as a first-of-its-kind worldwide pledge that supports the principles of the Paris Climate Accord that U.S. President Donald Trump rejected in June. The U.S. won't technically back out until 2020 because of legal technicalities.

While she braces for federal budget cuts, she says this could signal investment from elsewhere. The Paris accords set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures. It also calls for them to work with scientific and academic experts to find solutions.

He says 51 mayors will sign a charter and discuss solutions including expanding access to public transportation.

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Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Wheat says the idea is to "fill the void" the Trump administration has left. The Republican has said the terms of the agreement should be more favorable to businesses and taxpayers.

Obama did not mention President Trump by name, but urged officials in attendance to continue efforts to combat climate change, regardless of the current administration's position.

"They're entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts", he said.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says rising water levels and affordable housing are concerns for his city.

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