President Barack Obama said during Tuesday's White House press conference with French President Francois Hollande that next week's U.N. Climate Conference in Paris will be a "powerful rebuke" to the November 13 terrorist attacks which killed 130 and injured more than 350 in that city.
"I want to salute the people of Paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism," Obama said in the press conference. "Even as they grieve, Parisians have begun returning to their cafes, riding the metro and going to stadiums to cheer for their teams."
He then added, "Next week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children."
Hollande sounded a similar tone in his own remarks.
"I certainly could not imagine that this conference would be taking place against such a background," Hollande said. "At the same time, I think that they cannot be any better symbol or response, but to hold the conference in Paris where the attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections as well as in defending our values."
Obama said in his January state of the union speech, "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." He has faced criticism from conservatives ever since, who say he should be more concerned with terrorism.
Despite that, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
has specifically said in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president that climate change is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism.
Conservatives on Twitter had something to say about Obama's latest claims about climate change and terrorism:
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