December 5, 2015

President Obama gave Donald Trump a not-so-gentle nudge during an interview with CBS about global security, climate change, and more.

"Keep in mind, these are pledges over a number of years. And this is in our interest. Let's take a country like India that's got over a billion people. If they are to develop, using let's say, coal as their main way of generating electricity, with a billion people... you're looking at an amount of carbon that would mean South Florida's gone, because the ocean's would have risen too high," Mr. Obama said. "You can't build a border wall when it comes to carbon emissions or global temperatures or the oceans. We've got to make sure that people have incentives to work with us."

The president has pushed the issue of climate change more aggressively as he nears his last days in office. But he is receiving backlash from opponents for suggesting that climate change, not terrorism, is the world's greatest threat.

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," the president said in his State of Union address.

GOP candidate Donald Trump called the president's remarks, "one of the dumbest statements I've ever heard in politics."

That Trump remark was to be expected, because it is Trump's duty to be as nasty and stupid as possible to serve his nasty and stupid base.

But Obama is right.

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