Obama urges nations to work together on climate issues
STATELINE, Nev. - President Obama says no nation can tackle climate change by itself. He says that's why countries need to work together on the environment.
Obama is speaking to a group of Pacific Island leaders in Honolulu a few hours after addressing a Lake Tahoe conservation summit in Nevada.
The president is pointing to steps the U.S. has taken to reduce emissions and protect the environment while also growing its economy. He says that shows that there's no conflict between a healthy economy and a healthy planet.
Obama is touting his decision to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. He says it's a hallowed site that deserves to be treated as such and will now be preserved for future generations.
President Obama says places like Lake Tahoe are important because they nurture and restore the soul.
Obama told a crowd of about 9,000 at the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Wednesday it was the first time he had ever visited the mountain lake that straddles the California-Nevada line atop the high Sierra.
He says it has been a sacred place for the Washoe Tribe for thousands of years and should be held sacred by all Americans.
The president says he won't have as nice of transportation, but he intends to return to Tahoe as a private citizen when he leaves office after this year.
He says he'll have to drive instead of ride in Marine One. That's the presidential helicopter that he boarded after the summit to fly back to Reno-Tahoe International Airport before he continues on to Hawaii.