Obama is reportedly laying groundwork for a big climate deal at the U.N.

Obama is reportedly preparing a really big climate deal
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For months, President Obama has been working under the radar to get world leaders on board for a major agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, to be finalized at United Nations climate change talks in Paris in December, Politico reports. Not that Obama has been all that secretive about his plans: He trumpeted a landmark deal he reached with China last year, and highlighted the issue in talks with India's Narendra Modi in January. And he's discussing his goals publicly.

The China deal "allows us to leverage the entire world for the conference that will be taking place later this year in Paris," Obama told Vice News in an interview broadcast Monday. "When I'm done, we're still going to have a heck of a problem, but we will have made enough progress that the next president and the next generation can start building on it."

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