Trump said on Thursday that the us will leave the Paris climate deal, making it one of three countries-along with Syria and Nicaragua, the latter of which didn’t believe the pact went far enough-to hold out of the deal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU’s most powerful leader, pledged “more decisive action than ever” to protect the climate after Trump’s “highly regrettable” decision.
Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, tapping into his “America First” campaign theme. He spoke directly to scientists and engineers in the U.S. While 32 percent of respondents say his action will help the nation’s economy, 42 percent think it will hurt and 20 percent say it will make no difference.
“Americans don’t need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it”, Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday (Saturday NZ time).
That is, that Trump is judged by different standards than previous USA presidents for doing the same things they’ve done.
As of late Thursday afternoon, 68 mayors of cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Denver, had signed their names in a statement saying they would adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the climate agreement.
Climate change, or global warming, refers to the damaging effect of gases, or emissions, released from industry, transportation, agriculture and other areas into the atmosphere.
But, he added, “Measuring with precision, from my perspective, the degree of human contribution is very challenging, but it still begs the question, what do we do about it? Does it pose an existential threat as some say?”
“I don’t even know what it means to deny the climate”. “Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations”, he said.
In December, prior to Trump taking office, Gore met with him at Trump Tower to advocate for action on climate change. Even Shell Oil tweeted its support for Paris, while Conoco Phillips and ExxonMobil have supported the agreement beforehand.
“I am not a climate change denier”, asserted shovel operator Stacey Moeller, 58. After Trump’s shocking statement, the leaders of France, Italy and Germany indicated in a joint statement that the U.S. could not unilaterally renegotiate the agreement.
As terrifying as it is that the president of the United States does not appear to believe in climate change or care about any part of the world other than America, there is hope. Even supporters of Trump’s action expressed mixed views on this question, with 48 percent saying Trump’s action will boost USA leadership, while 48 percent think it will make no difference or will harm the nation’s standing. At the tme, he could not provide an answer.
“President Trump is providing more motivation and inspiration for additional innovation and technology than any president I’ve seen in my adult life”, Keane said.