In climate deal, Obama sees legacy he hopes won't be undone
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is counting on the global climate accord to leave a lasting imprint on the world, even as his opponents begin working to whittle it away.
The agreement marks one of Obama's most significant diplomatic achievements. Getting nearly 200 countries to sign a carbon-cutting deal seemed a remote possibility just a few years ago. It's a capstone to Obama's years of efforts to curb emissions at home.
Many of Obama's other victories have been tempered by the possibility that the next president or a future Congress could undo his efforts. Although Obama avoided the need for a vote in Congress to approve the deal, opponents are working to undermine it by gutting the steps Obama has taken in the U.S. to curb emissions as part of the deal.