McConnell knocks Obama on climate amid Paris talks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) knocked President Obama's climate agenda on Monday, saying the president consistently and flagrantly ignores lawmakers on the issue.

"The president simply went around Congress to impose similarly regressive — and likely illegal — ‘power plan’ energy regulations anyway," the Republican leader said. “He’s currently trying to sell that power plan to world leaders in Paris as proof of the American government’s commitment to his energy priorities."

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McConnell's remarks comes after the president kicked off a push for a climate deal in Paris, including a promise to cut American carbon emissions up to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.  
 
The conference follows a 52-46 vote in the Senate to block the carbon dioxide limits for power plants. The vote, however, was largely symbolic with Obama expected to veto the resolution if it reaches his desk.
 
But McConnell added on Monday that "it certainly wouldn’t be responsible to attempt to negotiate commitments based upon a likely illegal power plan — one that may not even survive much longer anyway."
 
The Kentucky Republican's remarks come after congressional Republicans took an opening shot at Obama over the weekend before he left to attend the climate summit. 
 
Senate Democrats largely supported Obama's agenda during the votes earlier this month. 
 
Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBarr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks Harry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info MORE (D-Nev.) doubled down on his support on Monday, adding that he also sends "all my appreciation" to French officials for holding the summit despite the terrorists attacks that killed nearly 130 people. 
 
"Because of Obama's leadership, the United States is taking on a more prominent role, rolling back dangerous carbon emissions, not only from our country but from China, India, Brazil and other major sources of climate changing pollution," he said.
 
The White House is also firing back at Republicans. Press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that the administration is aware that there is "abiding hostility in the Republican conference to facts and science and evidence."