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“What we’ve been able to show over the last five, six, eight years is that it’s possible to grow the economy really fast and possible to bring down carbon emissions as well,” he said. “It’s not just a bunch of rules that we’ve set up.

Now, the odds are slim that Trump will listen to Obama’s argument. Less than slim. Emaciated. The GOP’s aversion to international agreements and doing anything about climate change are long-standing and deep-rooted. A last-minute plea from an outgoing president looks paltry in comparison.

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