During the campaign then candidate Donald Trump (R) pledged to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by almost every country. Now, it appears he is on the verge of making such a decision and environmental advocates—and others—are concerned that he will remove the US from the international agreement to reduce climate change.
“The President, it's being reported, will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, in violation of the established standard of American leadership and of the will of the American people—70% of whom support the deal,” wrote Sierra Club Director Micheal Brune, in a call for action.
“The landmark agreement was negotiated by 197 countries and already ratified by 147 nations—including the US—to defend wildlife and humankind from the calamitous effects of global warming. Trump's colossal fumble today will be remembered by future generations as the moment our president put his fossil-fuel backers ahead of our families—and relinquished America's role in the clean energy economy to countries like China and India,” Brune continued.
Environmental advocates aren’t alone in criticizing the expected move from the President. An analysis piece in The Washington Post was titled “If Trump quits the Paris climate accord, he will lead the U.S. into the wilderness.”
Bloomberg has written a score of pieces on the issue as well. One titled “If Trump Dumps the Climate Accord, the US is the Loser,” published this morning (June 1). In that piece Eric Roston wrote: “The potential consequences of Washington abandoning the climate pact would be grave not only for the planet but also for the U.S., its economic competitiveness, technological innovation, and leadership of the world in the 21st century.” Roston added that this action would be a “dramatic departure” from the last four administrations in terms of global carbon reductions. The last four administrations wanted to ensure that developing nations also had to reduce their carbon emissions as well as those more developed nations.
Corporations are also pushing Trump to keep the US in the Paris Accord. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted: “Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain.” He pledged to stop working with the administration if it pulls out of the agreement. Meanwhile 25 other large companies full-page advertisements in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Post over recent weeks and today, urging the president to stay in the Paris Agreement. Among them are Apple, Microsoft, Johnson Controls, Levi Strauss & Co., Morgan Stanley and more.
In their ad, they said that staying in the agreement benefits US businesses and the US economy in many ways. Among them it strengthens competitiveness; creates jobs, markets and growth; and reduces business risks.
The letter also warned that pulling out of the agreement could have retaliatory measures from other countries. India’s and China’s commitments alone could make up for the US pulling out, but it could also give them a competitive advantage internationally for sticking to their promises, for instance.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) also is coordinating a letter writing campaign to Trump, urging him not to pull out of the agreement. You can participate by clicking here.Tweet