Does Trump Believe In Climate Change? The White House's Lips Are Sealed

U.S. President Donald Trump said he represented "the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris" when he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the historic climate agreement signed in the French capital.

In explaining his decision to exit the Paris Agreement, Trump argued the climate pact would harm American workers and the economy, leading to the loss of manufacturing and energy jobs, particularly in the coal industry.

Since the decision was made to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, many of us are looking to leadership from Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel who display a level of calm, reasoned leadership missing from our president. However, experts say it is unclear whether they actually can fill the gap left by the Trump administration.

"Am departing presidential councils", Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted.

It is clear that whoever takes office in the United Kingdom on the 9th of June will be committed to tackling climate change.

Hundreds of American companies have urged the Trump administration to stay the clean energy course.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has been a vocal critic of Mr. Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, chimed in on the climate decision, too. Dozens of United States city mayors have responded by pledging to push ahead with clean energy policies, as have numerous business leaders. "China is willing to increase cooperation with all sides and jointly promote the follow-up talks on actual detailed rules of the Paris agreement".

In reality, the USA risks falling behind other nations should it not take part, the letter stated.

But his announcement for withdrawal was not really necessary, because he could change the US' emissions reductions targets and funding commitments without disrupting the agreement, Sue Biniaz, former US State Department Deputy Legal Adviser on climate, told The Independent.

Disney gave this longer statement from Iger: "Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren't mutually exclusive". The U.S. was supposed to provide an additional $2 billion, but President Trump has balked at that idea, and his proposed budget includes cuts to worldwide climate programs.

In unusually outspoken remarks, delivering several digs at Mr Trump, she called his decision "extremely regrettable, and that's putting it mildly".

"'America first. Earth last', that will hurt everyone - Americans included".

A bilateral climate agreement in 2014 between the world's two biggest emitters, China and the USA, helped pave the road to Paris by building political will for the hard-fought climate pact.

Pruitt shot back that "there's no evidence of that" before moving on.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled 'How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?' showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. If one of them followed the USA withdrawal, it would be unlikely the Paris accord would lead to large-scale reduction of emissions.

  • Zachary Reyes