Guest Posted June 2, 2017 Share Posted June 2, 2017 So Trump has now withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. His "America first" policy is turning into "America alone" policy. As concerns fight against climate change and keeping the global temperature rise under two degrees Celsius, the world is now divided into two blocks. The block that does not care about the future of the next generations (includes Trump´s children and grandchildren) consists of three countries: the U.S., Syria and Nicaragua - these three will probably start negotiating about a new agreement between themselves. In the other block there are 195 countries that are committed to the Paris agreement, EU and China now leading the global climate policy. Even North Korea belongs this block, though their leader is as crazy as Trump. The same with many other Asian and African countries - the leaders on the top may be crazy, but the countries have signed the agreement,. I have always thought that the President is supposed to work for the good of the country and their citizens, not for causing disasters. The American voters have elected a walking catastrophe as their President, and the citizens, especially the next generations will have to carry the consequences. I would not mind if this was an issue that would have no impacts outside the U.S., but climate change is a global issue, and the U.S. government has no right to neglect it and cause problems to the rest of the world. I can never ever accept that Trump wants to spoil the future of my children and grandchildren (and he does not even understand what he is doing). I think the rest of the world shall force the U.S. to implement the Paris agreement by setting up economic sanctions, much more severe than the current sanctions on Russia. Our family has already decided on sanctions: no traveling to the U.S., no purchases of American products. Fortunately, Trump cannot easily succeed in causing environmental problems inside and outside his country. Many frontrunner states and companies are already proceeding towards renewable energy and other environmental improvements, no matter what Washington says. The clean energy programs continue, and Trump´s dreams of bringing back fossile fuels are doomed to death - who would want to invest in coal mines?! And Trump has already spoiled his own political future as well as that of the republican party. According to the rules of the Paris agreement, the withdrawal can take place in November 2020 at the earliest. If Mike Pence has not taken over the Presidency by that time (I do not know about his climate policy), at least then the U.S. will get a new President who is a Democrat and will return to the Paris agreement and will restart Clean Power Plan. Until then, we who live in the responsible countries cannot but hope that the world will pull through with minimal damages. Have a look at Trump´s announcement and Arnold Schwarzenegger´s message to Trump. Too bad this post is on a voyeur site only, which is crazy in a way http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11868389 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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