So much for saving the planet. President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement. America will abandon its pledge to reduce greenhouse gasses, becoming one of only three countries in the world not trying to stop global warming.
While standing in the White House Rose Garden, with temperatures predicted to reach 82° F, President Donald Trump, 70, announced he would honor a campaign promise and pull America out of the Paris Accord. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Donald said, “but [we will ]begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction in terms that are fair to the United States and it’s workers.” Trump said the Paris Accord puts American’s manufacturing at a “disadvantage,” and he was committed to putting “America first.” He ended the speech saying he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
“The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans,” a White House memo to supporters, obtained by the Washington Post, read. “The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation.” Chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, 63, and Environmental Protecting Agency head Scott Pruitt, 49, championed the decision to withdraw. On the other end, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, 35, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, 65, (a former ExxonMobil executive, mind you) both reportedly urged the president to uphold the accord.
Plus, oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP were in favor of the Paris agreement. Let that sink in – oil companies are behind the regulations that Trump thinks are “bad.” Even though Donald Trump thinks the Paris Accord is a bad deal, mayors across the country — from Bill de Blasio, 56, in New York City to Eric Garcetti, 46, in Los Angeles — said their cities would adopt the guidelines set by the deal.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 1, 2017
If the White House withdraws from the Paris climate accord, we’re going to adopt it in Los Angeles. #CAPIdeas
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) May 16, 2017
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
Like everything Donald does, he first announced that he was making a decision on Twitter. Saying that he would make up his mind ”over the next few days” in a May 31 Tweet, Trump promised to, as always, “Make America Great Again.” He used the same rhetoric later on May 31, alerting everyone to his Rose Garden announcement. Despite all this bluster, Donald had already decided to tear up the agreement, two senior officials told CNN.
This reported decision was met with early condemnation, as many Americans hated the idea that the United States would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries on Earth who refused to support the agreement to stop climate change. In totally, 195 nations – including Russia and China – signed onto the accord, with 147 of those ratifying the agreement into law. Created in Dec. 2015 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement aims to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels,” per the UNFCCC.
The US is the second-biggest greenhouse gasses emitter (behind China) so having America pull out of the agreement could push the planet’s temperatures to a dangerous level. Trump has already begun dismantling climate change regulations put in place by President Barack Obama, 55, as the Republican party has always seen this regulation as “job killing” legislation. However, Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again” by trying to resurrect old-energy jobs might be a fool’s errand.
“Putting national resources further into coal while China takes the lead in solar is like investing in building a better horse-drawn carriage back when Henry Ford was investing in mass producing cars, ” Solomon Hsiang, University of California at Berkeley economist, told Reuters. “It’s simply bad business.”
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