Last week, President Trump surprised the world in deciding to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, an agreement among 195 countries. As ATTN: reported, there are only two other countries that are not part of the agreement: Nicaragua, which believes the agreement does not address climate change aggressively enough, and Syria, a country in the middle of a years-long civil war.
The Paris agreement aims — by the end of the century — to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above what the earth’s temperature was before the Industrial Revolution. Under the 2015 agreement, the U.S. committed to reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. But Trump has argued that the Paris agreement was a bad deal for the U.S. because reducing emissions would kill jobs and make energy more expensive for consumers.
World leaders, the scientific community, and critics from both the right and left have blasted this logic. They argue that the cost of inaction on climate change is much bigger than the short-term investment needed to stop rising temperatures. As former Vice President Al Gore recently told ATTN: in an interview, extreme weather driven by changing temperatures is already affecting our lives: “Every night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.” The result is that our infrastructure is already straining against the pressure of rising sea levels and fierce weather events.
After Trump announced his decision to leave the Paris agreement, there was intense reaction from public figures in politics, business, and media. ATTN: released an exclusive video with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s response to Trump’s Paris decision. Please watch and share our video here.
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