On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama suggested his carbon pollution regulations, along with his clean energy priorities, spurred job growth during his successor's administration:
JUST NOW: “Thanks, Obama,” said Obama. pic.twitter.com/tmBkpdGIVN
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) December 5, 2017
“Thanks, Obama,” the former president told mayors at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago. He prefaced those comments by suggesting his climate policies helped usher in “the longest streak of job creation in American history.”
“As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way,” he said, according to The Washington Examiner.
In August, President Donald Trump touted job numbers that showed unemployment falling to a 16-year low:
Excellent Jobs Numbers just released - and I have only just begun. Many job stifling regulations continue to fall. Movement back to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2017
“I have only just begun,” Trump said in an apparent effort to credit his policies.
Obama also took a shot at Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change but touted national governments' ability to address climate change without the agreement.
“But the good news is that the Paris Agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own,” he said.