Trump Is Pulling the USA Out of Paris Climate Change Deal

Trump Is Pulling the USA Out of Paris Climate Change Deal

The decision only fuels his misguided stance on climate change.

The decision only fuels his misguided stance on climate change.

Text: Jake Viswanath

To absolutely no one’s shock, Trump has decided that he will withdraw the U.S.  from the Paris Accord — the agreement between 147 countries around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and aim to limit average global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. White House officials confirmed the news to Congress members, and Trump is expected to announce it himself later today. He had originally promised to “cancel” US participation in the agreement during his chaotic campaign. The deal was concocted in 2015 and supported by President Obama.

Trump’s move is in line with his (outdated) stance that climate change is merely a myth and his following changes in environmental policy, such as the revocation of Obama’s environmental protection orders. This makes the US one of only three countries in the world that are not part of this historic agreement, and as expected, other countries are not pleased with us right now. The EU and China have reportedly agreed to counteract any action that the US may take against the deal, with a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying that climate change was too large of an issue for any country to ignore, a statement that is absolutely correct.

The US is already the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide (ironically only behind China), and with Trump’s executive orders that loosens regulations on mining coal, our carbon footprint is bound to get worse. Experts say that pulling out of the agreement could cause potential emissions of up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide, resulting in increased sea levels and more extreme temperatures. With this move, Trump once again willfully ignores the overwhelming evidence that climate change is a problem, choosing to play into a myth (or fake news that he blames the media for).

By backing out of the deal, Trump makes the US go against most countries when it comes to climate change, highlighting his almost nationalistic concerns and virtual dismissal of the global community and its well-being. One may quip that Trump is only looking out for the best interests of our country, but when most citizens of the US are concerned about climate change, his decision has no leg to stand on. Instead, it just becomes the latest of numerous battles to fight concerning climate change.

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