Trump withdraws the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement
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Signed by 195 countries, the Paris Agreement’s central purpose is to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.”
Donald Trump at CPAC, February 2017 (Michael Vadon)The partaking countries agreed to sharply lower greenhouse-gas emissions in order to limit the temperature increase to a maximum of 1.5C. On Thursday, US President Donald Trump, who in 2012 called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement, as a “reassertion of America’s sovereignty.” The US now joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries to oppose the climate agreement. Trump says he remains open to negotiating a new climate deal, “on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.” Withdrawing from the agreement had been one of Trump’s campaign promises, arguing that the deal was “bad for US business” and would harm the economy by hindering job creations in the oil and coil industry. Moreover, he also believe it would result in putting the country’s energy resources “under lock and key”, and that allowing for a foreign bureaucrat input on US companies’ energy use hinders his populist and isolationist message of “America first”. Furthermore, several politicians on Trump’s administration (including Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency) deem the deal unnecessary, since they do not believe in global warming, or believe that humans are not responsible for it. Both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have warned Trump against the withdrawal. They argue that doing so would be bad not only for the environment but also for the US business and economy, and that staying in would create jobs in the clean energy sector.
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