President Barack Obama speaks in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. For Obama, the Paris agreement fulfills a personal as well as political goal, one that was delayed at the beginning of his administration because of the acute economic crisis and the political capital he devoted to overhauling the health-insurance system. By the end of 2009, a cap-and-trade bill passed by the House had failed in the Senate, and the international Copenhagen climate summit had ended in turmoil.
President Barack Obama speaks in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. For Obama, the Paris agreement fulfills a personal as well as political goal, one that was delayed at the beginning of his administration because of the acute economic crisis and the political capital he devoted to overhauling the health-insurance system. By the end of 2009, a cap-and-trade bill passed by the House had failed in the Senate, and the international Copenhagen climate summit had ended in turmoil. Susan Walsh AP
President Barack Obama speaks in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. For Obama, the Paris agreement fulfills a personal as well as political goal, one that was delayed at the beginning of his administration because of the acute economic crisis and the political capital he devoted to overhauling the health-insurance system. By the end of 2009, a cap-and-trade bill passed by the House had failed in the Senate, and the international Copenhagen climate summit had ended in turmoil. Susan Walsh AP

Paris accord is a big win for Obama, even as climate dangers still loom

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