John Oliver rips apart Trump's stance on the Paris Agreement

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07 June, 2017

Finally, in an interview set to air on Sunday, U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley gave a more straightforward response: "President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation", she told Jake Tapper.

According to the President and key Republicans who supported his decision, the Paris agreement would impact the American economy in the long-term, depressing growth and affecting the ability of American companies to compete internationally.

Trump's decision has left the United States virtually isolated on the world stage, and his insistence that he will seek to "renegotiate" the global accord has done little to ease a wave of bitter condemnation. It becomes harder to persuade other countries to join with us when we need them.

And for good measure, environmentalist Bill McKibben: "Trump's Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision".

In media appearances, several of the president's surrogates have also evaded the question, following Trump's decision to exit the worldwide accord aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

Despite the economic basis for leaving the agreement, President Trump's choice was made in spite of considerable resistance from the private sector, including major energy companies. In 2015, 21 USA citizens aged from nine to 20 filed a lawsuit (Juliana vs US) claiming that the USA federal government had violated their constitutional rights by failing to curb climate change. It helped paved the way for the Paris Agreement, which was possible to conclude only because of US leadership and its willingness and ability to fruitfully engage other countries.

Some of it is due to the largest solar purchase ever made by a USA university in 2016.

The lack of appreciation of this great challenge facing humanity and the narrow-mindedness of his concerns was embarrassingly evident when Trump made his withdrawal speech.

More news: US employers add modest 138K jobs; rate dips to 4.3 percent

Paris Climate agreement has been proposed and signed by more than 200 nations.

After the U.S. Senate and President George W. Bush roundly rejected the Kyoto Protocol, however, the United States took on a more passive and sometimes even obstructive role in the climate change negotiations during the 2000s.

With this move, the U.S.is now just one of three nations not included in the agreement.

Why would we believe them when they say they are now solemnly committed to a new treaty when they violated the last one? "New Haven has shown its willingness to step out on its own and will continue on the path toward more responsible use of natural resources and better stewardship of the environment we share".

"Honestly, I haven't asked him", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press briefing last week.

So many legislators and industrial leaders in the United States and other countries have expressed displeasure over Trump's exit from climate change responsibilities.

Condemnation came fast and furious from within the United States and around the world.

But scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Trump badly misunderstood their study. When he says "America First", he doesn't just mean that he cares more about our own welfare than that of other countries and people, but that he wants to win, which means others have to lose.


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