The climate crisis is one of the most urgent issues facing the United States and the world as a whole.
Without sweeping reforms in environmental policy soon, the damage done by mankind will be irreversible, setting us on a course that will see our children and grandchildren grow up to see a world that's no longer inhabitable.
Perhaps it's this urgency that led former President Barack Obama to take the rare step of publicly criticizing a decision by his successor, President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, which were a key component of national efforts to lower pollution. What the Trump administration hailed as a liberating deregulatory move was really environmental recklessness.
Without using his name, Obama called out Trump's dismissal of the global pandemic as well as his apathy for preserving a habitable planet.
We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more c… https://t.co/dUUGeOI8VK— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1585667944.0
Undoing Obama-era policy moves—even if it endangers people—has been a hallmark of Trump's presidency.
He gleefully pulled out of the landmark Paris climate accord. Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has also resulted in heightened tensions with the nation that have almost resulted in all out war.
Some commended Obama for speaking out against the move.
President Obama fought to increase fuel standards to combat climate change. President Trump just rolled those stand… https://t.co/Un2obTlKR4— Raja Krishnamoorthi (@Raja Krishnamoorthi)1585678643.0
@BarackObama Thank you Mr. President for your sreadfastness and voice of reason during perilous times. You are cor… https://t.co/HGhXgXHD8D— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan)1585668388.0
thank you Mr President if this global disaster isn't a wake up call for everyone to put #ClimateCrisis on the top o… https://t.co/IZvZCT1CYr— Sandra Bernhard (@Sandra Bernhard)1585673964.0
This goes back to that proverb about a society growing great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they sh… https://t.co/SWoqYHliqZ— Petula Dvorak (@Petula Dvorak)1585747380.0
Others slammed Trump's decision to worsen the climate crisis in the middle of a global pandemic.
The sadism of destroying the planet amidst a pandemic shows just how far we've fallen. The United States is governe… https://t.co/Nz94AACEV2— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes)1585668284.0
A definition of sheer idiocy: Interrupting your incompetent mismanagement of a world health crisis to weaken an env… https://t.co/opNTcm1dfD— Tim Kaine (@Tim Kaine)1585686426.0
Make no mistake, POTUS and the GOP will get us all killed before they’ll admit science is real. https://t.co/4pDc22yMhZ— American Times Film (@American Times Film)1585668826.0
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