Back in 2012, business magnate Donald Trump
(now the US President) had said the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese, to make US manufacturing non-competitive. His exasperation with the world was further aggravated when 195 countries united under the umbrella of the Paris Accord in 2015 to battle against global warming and climate change.
Trump’s tirade against the pact continued even as he was elected the President of the US late last year. And this culminated into Trump leaving the world dumbstruck as he announced on Friday the United States’ exit from the deal. During his speech, he said: “I am fighting every day for the great people of this country. Therefore, in order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and it’s citizens, the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”
“But we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And, if we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine,” he added.
Many of his comments during his speech announcing the US’ exit from the Paris Accord seemed way off facts and distanced from common understanding of the Accord and its impact on the US and the world.
Sample this: Trump said, “We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.” The fact, however, is that it was on Friday that the world was ridiculing the United States — for Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Accord.