Former President Barack Obama criticized current President Donald Trump after the Trump Administration announced it would roll back an Obama Administration fuel standards set to combat the climate crisis, saying “have to demand better” of their leaders. 

“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall,” Obama tweeted. 

Obama rarely publicly criticizes his successor, but similarly did criticize Trump three years ago after he decided to leave the Paris Agreement. At the time, Obama said the devision was adding the United States to “a small handful of nations that reject the future.”

The change, according to the administration, said, “reflects the realities of today’s markets.” The rule would allow for about a billion more tons of carbon dioxide released and 80 billion more gallons of gasoline consumed. 


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