World Leaders Sound Climate Alarm: 'No Time to Waste'
President Barack Obama joined some 150 world leaders in Paris Monday to launch two weeks of talks aimed at an ambitious agreement to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
Some participants, such as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, think the world is on the precipice of global catastrophe.
"The time is now to act. We don't have any time to waste," Ban said.
Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing for a deal that would bypass Congress.
"The design of the Paris negotiation is really driven -- in large part -- by the desire to get an agreement that does not have to go through the treaty ratification process," former Vice President Al Gore said, adding, "It is all perfectly legal."
"The planet's warming, 99 percent of scientists have said it's warming," Obama said.
The actual claim was 97 percent and even that's been shown to be wrong in peer-reviewed journals.
The president needs to garner public support since any agreement in Paris is likely to be dead on arrival in the Senate.
"My message is very clear to them right now," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "We are not going to adopt anything over here that is mandatory."
"If there is an agreement and the president does choose, yet again, to bypass Congress, that's not exactly going to facilitate warm relations between Congress and the White House," Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, warned.
On "Fox News Sunday," Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina blasted the president for continuing to say that climate change was the most important security threat facing the United States.
"That's delusional for President Obama, Hillary Clinton, or anyone else to say that climate change is the biggest security threat. It's ISIS, period," Fiorina said.
A recent Fox News poll showed that only 3 percent of Americans agree with the president's assessment that climate change is the most important issue facing the world today.
Although public concern about climate change is dropping in many Western nations, world leaders are spending a lot of money to hold a conference on an issue that fewer and fewer Europeans and Americans care about.