“The [t]rump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord next fall, a move that will leave the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases as the only nation to abandon the global effort to combat climate change

…"In a statement Monday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration had sent official notification to the United Nations of its plans.

…”‘Abandoning the Paris Agreement is cruel to future generations, leaving the world less safe and productive,’ Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute, said in a statement. ‘It also fails people in the United States, who will lose out on clean energy jobs, as other nations grab the competitive and technological advantages that the low-carbon future offers.’

…“Should a Democrat win the White House, the nation could reenter the agreement after a short absence. But if [t]rump prevails, his reelection would probably cement the long-term withdrawal of the United States, which was a key force in helping forge the global effort under President Barack Obama.

…"Monday’s move comes at a time when scientists say that the world must take ‘unprecedented’ action to cut its carbon emissions over the next decade, slashing them in half by 2030 to avoid irreversible and potentially catastrophic effects of climate change.

…"Meanwhile, the [t]rump administration has continued to aggressively rolled back Obama-era environmental rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions, including regulations intended to accelerate the shift away from coal-fired power plants and steadily increase the fuel efficiency of the nation’s auto fleet.

"And [trump] has made clear that he views increasing fossil fuel production — not renewable energy and international climate agreements — as the more important priority for the nation.”

‘Cause the Boomers can’t kill the planet fast enough.


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