By NOELIA GRAHAM
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, which weakens global efforts in combating climate change.
Trump stated that the deal imposed unfair restrictions to American businesses and workers and he vowed to take a stance against the “draconian” agreement.
However, because of the lengthy withdrawal process, which takes about four years, the decision falls in 2020, election time. This means that the fate of the deal could be up to the voters.
The withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is unprecedented and has been a topic of discussion around the world.
The Chinese news media outlet China Daily has labeled Trump selfish and irresponsible,’ crippling U.S. leadership.
And shortly after issuing his withdrawal, a joint statement from the leaders of France, Italy, and Germany noted that the Paris climate accord was “irreversible” and unable to be renegotiated.
Elon Musk who was part of two business-related councils set up by Trump has said he would leave those panels in a statement on Twitter.
“Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” he said.
Through the Paris climate accord signed by 195 other countries, the United States had agreed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and give up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020.
The choice to withdraw from this agreement is irresponsible not just for the American people but to the continuing prosperity and health of the global environment.
In a statement that highlights the thoughts of many, former President Obama argued, “Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”