Does President Trump Believe In Climate Change? Aides Won't Say

Pablo Tucker
June 4, 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said not signing the declaration was an "appalling abdication of leadership".

Moments later, another reporter asked if Trump still believes climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, a real comment Trump once made.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord on Friday.

File image of Harsh Vardhan. "The world's leader in environmental protection while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world's leading polluters". But as the Times of India noted Friday, total foreign aid to India amounted to just $3.1 billion in 2015, the year the accord was inked, with us aid to the country weighing in at around $100 million.

The failed Democratic presidential nominee joined many other liberal Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Moore in exploding over the president's Thursday announcement. Calculations suggest withdrawal from the Paris accord could result in emissions of up to three billion tons of additional carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

The Paris accord, signed by almost 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through country pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The 2015 Paris agreement had got more than 190 countries to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and restricting the rise in global average temperature to below 2 degree celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

Almost 200 countries have ratified the Paris agreement.

"Regardless of President Trump's decision, the great cities of the world, in particular the twelve American C40 cities, remain resolutely committed to doing what needs to be done to implement the Paris Agreement", she said. "I would tell Trump that here the misery is caused by climate change, and if he doesn't pay attention, the United States will be touched one day by these problems, too".

What is striking about the reaction to the Trump decision is how many business leaders are talking about the economic opportunity that global climate action brings, opportunities that United States could well miss out on.

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