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white house about the deal and its implications for the future. >> good evening. two weeks ago in paris, i said before the world we needed a strong, global agreement to accomplish this goal. global carbon pollution and sets the world on a course to a low carbon future. a few hours ago, we succeeded. we came together around a strong agreement the world needed. we met the moment. i want to commend president hollande for their leadership and for hosting a successful
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summit. and for the french foreign minister for presiding with patience. i want to give a special thanks to secretary john kerry, my senior adviser, our chief negotiator, and everyone on their teams for their outstanding work and for making america proud. i also want to thank the people of nearly 200 nations, large and small. developed and developing, for working together to confront a threat to people of all nations. together we have shown what is possible when the world stands as one. can behe american people proud because this agreement is a tribute to american leadership . over the past seven years, we have transformed the united states into the global leader in flight -- in fighting climate change. salvage the copenhagen summit and establish the principle that all countries had a role to play.
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we lead by example, with growing industries like wind and solar, creating a stream of middle-class jobs. set the first standards carbont the amount of dioxide are children breathe. from alaska to the great plains, we have partnered with leaders who are working to help their communities protect themselves from some of the most immediate impacts of a changing climate. skeptics said these actions would kill jobs. instead we have seen the longest streak of private sector job creation in our history. we have driven or economic output to all-time highs while driving the carbon pollution down to its lowest level in two decades. then with our announcement with showed it was possible
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to bridge the divide between developed and developing nations that had stymied progress for so long. that accomplishment encouraged dozens of other nations to set their own targets and that was the foundation for success in paris. even oneo nation, not as powerful as ours, can solve this alone. no country considered on the sidelines. all of us had to solve it together. now, no agreement is perfect, including this one. negotiations involved nearly 200 nations. that is always challenging. even if all of the initial target set in paris are met, we will only be part of the way there when it comes to reducing carbon from the atmosphere. we cannot be complacent. the problem is not solved because of this. but make no mistake, the paris agreement establishes the and
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enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis. it creates the architecture for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way. this agreement is ambitious, with every nation committing to their own specific targets even as we take into account differences among nations. we will have a strong system of transparency, including independent assessments to help hold every country accountable for meeting its commitments. as technology advances, this agreement allows progress to give the way for even more ambitious targets over time. we have secured a broader commitment to support the most vulnerable countries as they pursue cleaner economic growth. in short, this agreement will mean less of the carbon pollution that threatens our planet. full implementation of this
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agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change and will pave the way for more progress in successive stages over the coming years. moreover, this agreement sends a powerful signal that the world is firmly committed to a low carbon future. that has the potential to unleash innovation and investment in clean energy at a scale we have never seen before. the targets we have set our bold and by empowering business, scientists, engineers, workers, and the private sector, investors to work together, this agreement represents the best chance we have to save the one planet we have got. so, i believe this moment can be a turning point for the world. we have shown that the world has both the will and the ability to take on this challenge.
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it will not the easy. progress will not always come quick. we cannot be complacent. while our generation will see some of the benefits of building a clean energy economy, jobs created, money saved, we may not live to see the full realization of our achievements. that that is ok. what matters is that today we can be more confident that this planet will be in better shape for the next generation. that is what i care about. i imagine taking my grandkids, if i'm lucky enough to have some, to the park someday and holding their hands and hearing their laughter and watching the quiet sunset, all the while knowing that our work today prevented an alternate future that could have an grim. that our work here and now gave future generations cleaner air and cleaner water and a more sustainable planet.
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what could be more important than that? today, thanks to strong, principled american leadership, that is a world we will leave to our children. a world that is safer, more secure, more prosperous, more free. and that is our most important mission in our short time here on this earth. thanks. >> there is some reaction. senator james in half releasing a statement that says --
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later in the statement, he says he will invite officials from epa, the council on environmental quality, and the state department to testify to assess the senate's role and explain what the final agreement means for the american people. and this from senator brian shontz who attended the talks in paris and is a member of the senate climate task force -- >> she was such an authentic person. i always felt there was more to the story. the first modern
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first lady. she had a big staff. she had an important project. she wrote her book when she left the white house. she really invented the modern first lady. "lady bird."ht, she gives an inside look at the marriage and political partnership of lady bird and lyndon johnson. >> lady bird johnson is an example of those women who saw something in those men, the ambition, the opportunity to really climb and make a mark in the world, and they married them in spite of parental objection. of that. example that is why i had to find out more about her. >> sunday night on c-span's q&a.
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guantanamo bay detention facility. this event hosted by the .eritage foundation this is 40 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon. welcome to the heritage foundation at our louis lehrman auditorium and of course welcome those who join us on our heritage.org site on oliver occasions and would ask her wonderful friends in house to make that last courtesy check that your cell phones have been muted. it's always appreciated by those recording the events let alone those who are giving their remarks. we will of course post

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