President Obama said Tuesday that he’s confident his successor will honor any climate change agreement negotiated in Paris becasue “99.5 percent of scientists and 99 percent of world leaders” think that climate change “is really important.”
Obama’s claim that there is a 99.5 percent consensus among scientists on climate change represents a 2.5 percent increase since May 16, 2013, when the president tweeted: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”
“Everybody else is taking climate change really seriously. They think it’s a really big problem. It spans political parties,” Obama said during his press conference in Paris, where the United Nations’ COP 21 climate change summit is being held.
Responding to a question about whether foreign leaders can believe the U.S. will keep any commitments it makes in Paris if a Republican succeeds him in the White House, Obama said: