Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Obama's "reckless" plan to address climate change over the weekend, just as the U.S. began high-level clean energy talks in Paris.

"It would obviously be irresponsible for an outgoing president to purport to sign the American people up to international commitments based on a domestic energy plan that is likely illegal, that half the states have sued to halt, that Congress has voted to reject and that his successor could do away with in a few months' time," McConnell wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "But that's just what President Obama is proposing to do."

The Kentucky Republican argued the clean energy taxes Obama has unsuccessfully attempted to pass through Congress would hurt the middle class.

"While the president has tried his best to dress this ideological attack on the middle class as 'climate policy,' in reality it could increase emissions by offshoring American manufacturing to countries that lack our environmental standards," McConnell noted.

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