June 1, 2017
Why We May Not Always Have Paris — The Agreement, That Is
POTUS made a lot of grandiose campaign promises (remember the wall that Mexico would pay for?), but this is one we were really hoping he’d renege on. Rumours started circulating yesterday that President Trump is preparing to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an accord between 195 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate-resilient development. If Trump’s successful, the U.S. would become only the third non-participating country, joining Nicaragua and Syria. (What great company.) Reuters
Why You Should Care
There’s good news and bad news: The good news is that the world isn’t going to take this decision lying down. As soon as news broke that the White House was considering such a drastic move, businesses and leaders in the U.S. and around the world quickly expressed their dismay and disappointment. CEOs from Apple, Tesla, Exxon Mobile and Unilever all made pleas to the president to keep the U.S. as part of the pact. The bad news is that Trump doesn’t seem to really listen to anyone, and sources say he’s working with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on the plan, who supports the oil industry and Trump’s opinion that climate change is a “hoax.” (Have they been outside lately?)
Trump announced late last night (on Twitter, obviously) that he’d made his decision about the Paris Agreement and would be sharing it this afternoon at 3pm from the Rose Garden. Let’s hope our PM pulled out some of that Canadian charm and convinced POTUS to leave Mother Nature the F alone.