Obama: climate change disappointment justified

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 9:09 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the public is justified in its disappointment with the outcome of the United Nations climate change summit.

Despite statements from his advisers proclaiming the summit's nonbinding agreement a great step forward, Obama says it didn't take the steps necessary to combat the effects of climate change.

The accord Obama helped broker last week urges major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts but does not require them to do so. Still, despite its shortcomings, Obama says the agreement was better than doing nothing.

Obama made his remarks in an interview with PBS NewsHour.

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