Trump's decision will impact PNG: Polye

Mr. Trump announced Thursday that he is pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, which was one of President Obama's major achievements in office.

The developing world-the U.S., China and parts of Europe-contributed the most to climate change through carbon emissions.

Trump, who has called climate change a "hoax", campaigned on the pledge to exit the 2015 pact, saying it damaged America's economic competitiveness. Twelve states and Puerto Rico have formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, all committing to uphold the Paris Accord.

"We certainly do not support the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris agreement", said Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and one of the study's authors. PNG became a member of the agreement in 2015. India had signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to lure of money, she said. The departure couldn't officially go into effect until November 2020, but Trump said he would cease implementation efforts immediately.

In fact, only 4 percent of people believe that the environment is a bigger issue than the economy, terrorism, immigration and other more pertinent issues, according to the poll.

Strait, who grew up in OH in a family that included a number of coal miners, said he's skeptical of Trump's ability to create jobs in an industry that has been declining since he was young. "It would have been most effective in its stated goals, if it would have been followed by an agreement with teeth". The White House made its decision on the Paris Agreement - but here's what is most important for the world to understand: In the USA, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government.

At the same briefing, Deon Terblanche, Director of Atmospheric Research and Environment Department at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said that while the agency had not run new models overnight, an assumption could be made that in the worst case scenario, temperatures could rise by an additional 0.3 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level by the end of the century.

With almost every country in the world participating in the accord and many major American corporations pushing for the U.S.to continue to lead on the world stage, Trump broke from numerous country's staunchest allies and went against the advice of several top aides, including his daughter, Ivanka. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time.

Nor can the president's embrace of Youngstown in his address last week blindside any of us to the recklessness of the decision. The world can thrive without the US.

  • Larry Hoffman