For weeks, President Obama has maintained that “our country is the world’s largest and most important producer and user of renewable energy.”
Despite his oft-repeated claim to be the “founder of” the U.S. Climate Alliance and President Donald Trump’s vow to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, Mr. Obama’s successor has shown little interest in committing the U.S. to historic levels of cuts in emissions.
In light of the Trump administration’s change in direction, Mr. Obama will deliver his annual keynote address to the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, with the goal of changing some minds in his adopted home country.
“President Obama feels it is important for him to show solidarity,” said Jonathan Pershing, the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the conference.
The former vice president will take the stage at 1:00 p.m. EST in a room focused on climate finance and is expected to discuss how the U.S. has remained committed to emission reduction targets even as its leadership has moved in the opposite direction.
Ahead of Mr. Obama’s speech, Julie Gerberding, the director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver remarks on how it is “vital” for a long-term climate to decrease the number of people in death by extreme weather-related disease.