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Editorial: Trump’s need for vindication hurts the world

2017-06-04 06:02

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‘One of the most shameful acts in US history.” Those are probably the kindest words said by pundits across the world after Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday.

The US now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries that are not part of the deal.

To put that into perspective, Nicaragua did not sign the agreement because it believed the deal did not go far enough to make rich countries pay for environmental damage. And Syria ... well, the country has a despot as a leader and it’s pretty much bombed into oblivion already.

The US is the second-biggest carbon dioxide polluter after China, according to the latest data available from the World Bank. The US is also the biggest producer of carbon emissions on a per person basis.

In 2005, the US committed, under former president Barack Obama, to reduce its own emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025.

And there’s the problem. Trump’s Obama fixation, plus the fact that big oil and coal business is running his political party, has led to this contempt for the world and its future.

Trump will argue that this is simply fulfilling a campaign promise of putting American interests first and bringing the coal industry back to life.

It’s all hogwash. The simple fact is that clean energy (wind or solar) will produce and sustain more jobs than coal will ever do. This is a cheap political stunt and it has made America the laughing stock of the world.

Sadly, poor nations, which have contributed the least to global warming, will end up paying the greatest price.

Stupid politics by a stupid politician will have terrible consequences for our world.

Read more on:    donald trump  |  us  |  climate change
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