Obama Hints Trump Has “Rejected Warnings”


(Washington) Former US President Barack Obama hinted Tuesday that his successor Donald Trump had “dismissed the warnings” about the risks of a coronavirus pandemic, and accused him of denying the effects of the change climatic.

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“We have all, in a terrible way, seen the consequences caused by those who rejected the warnings on a pandemic,” tweeted the former Democratic president.

More people have now died of the coronavirus in the United States (3415 death) than in China (3305), cradle of the pandemic, according to the official Chinese report and the count of the Johns Hopkins University which refers. The United States has by far the largest number of officially reported cases, with more than 174 000 Tuesday.

“We cannot afford to suffer other consequences caused by those who deny climate change. Each of us, especially young people, must demand more from our leaders at all levels, and vote in the fall, “in the US election,” said the Democrat, who usually comments little this presidential campaign.

Barack Obama reacted to an article announcing that the Trump administration had just canceled the more stringent standards on greenhouse gas emissions by vehicles it had enacted in 2012, when he was in the White House.

The new rules will require car manufacturers to reduce average fuel consumption by 1.5% per year, up to 2026, instead of 5 % annual as Obama rules dictated, said the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a statement.

Nicknamed “CAFE” (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), the old standards provided for gradual increases in the range of vehicles to reach an average target – across the range of a manufacturer – of 46, 7 miles for a gallon of gasoline in 2025, according to the EPA. According to the new rules, the average target to be achieved between 2021 and 2026 is now 40, 4 miles for a gallon.

“Today, President Trump is keeping the promise made to car manufacturers three years ago that he would strengthen the American automobile sector by updating the costly and increasingly impossible criteria concerning the fuel economy and CO2 emissions, ”said Transport Secretary Elaine Chao.

“These standards support our economy and the safety of American families,” said EPA official Andrew Wheeler in the same release.

Elected in November 2016, Donald Trump announced in June 2017 the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement.