Trump Believes in Climate Change, Says US Ambassador


On Thursday, President Trump announced his long-awaited decision to fulfill a campaign pledge and pull out of the Paris climate agreement, which was aimed at curbing emissions that contribute to climate change. Under the auspices of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, the 211 (and counting) have committed to adopt the global climate agreement of their own accord. Trump could have declared the Paris Agreement a treaty, which would require the ratification in the Senate, where USA involvement would die a slow death at the hands of fossil fuel industry-financed politicians.

"And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks", the statement noted. The Republican-run states of Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey have hinted that they also wish to join, as has Puerto Rico.

Leaving the Paris agreement "has no benefit other than pandering to the conservative movement's ideological opposition to multilateralism and environmental regulation", wrote Ben Adler Saturday in a Washington Post article. Those who wanted to leave argued in favor of a more inward-looking approach and narrow nationalistic reasons for exiting the Paris Agreement.

She rejected claims by critics that by ditching the deal supported by 195 countries, Trump ceded his leadership role in the global community.

In a speech delivered on 1 June, Trump argued that the current deal puts the USA at a disadvantage and called for a fresh round of negotiations to reach a new, "fairer" accord.

Although Trump's announcement will not mean any actual withdrawal from the Paris agreement until 2021, it is obviously having a psychological and political effect already.

"This president has said we need an all of the above approach", Pruitt said.

The predictable reaction world over is that Trump's decision is whimsical and without sound judgment.

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"It makes no sense to me - a reckless decision, an indefensible decision".

Note the response of China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson that regardless of what the US administration does, "China would stick to its pledges on climate policies".

The president has said flat out that climate change is "nonexistent" but also at different times hedged his answer, and said there could be some connection to human activity. "If he did believe in it, he wouldn't have pulled out of Paris".

The withdrawal of the United States could dampen its climate-related innovation and technological competitiveness to gradually and steadily shift the geography toward China.

The No. 2 USA auto maker declined to say if it would stay on the president's council.

And according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, in 2016, 777,000 people in the United States worked in renewable energy alone, not including hydropower, while job growth was 17 times greater in the sector than for the economy as a whole.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change.

Iran faces particular challenges from climate change, having suffered years of worsening drought and dust storms, compounded by poor water resource management.