Donald Trump & Paris Climate Agreement: Celebrities & Politicians React
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Donald Trump & Paris Climate Agreement: Celebrities & Politicians React

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord on Thursday. According to CNN, this decision “amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement,” which includes the involvement of 195 other countries.

In a statement, Trump said: “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but being negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States.” He added: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

CNN states that by backing out of the Paris climate accord, Trump “will spark a lengthy process that won’t conclude until November 2020– the same month he’s up for reelection, ensuring the issue became a major topic of debate in the next presidential election.”

As a result of his actions, the President has elicited the critique of countless politicians and celebrities, who feel that the decision to not comply with the climate accord is a huge mistake. Among these political figures are Senators Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and congressional candidate David Yankovich, who wrote that “Leaving the Paris climate agreement is a disaster of generational proportions that negatively impacts our standing in the world community.”

Former Vice President Al Gore and the producers behind the new documentary about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel, posted a statement on Twitter that called the decision to remove the United States from the Paris agreement “a reckless and indefensible action.”

Gore added that “It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.” Read the full statement below.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry had a similar reaction to Gore, posting an official statement on his Twitter account that read: “The President who promised “America First” has taken a self-destructive step that puts our nation last. This is an unprecedented forfeiture of American leadership which will cost us influence, cost us jobs, and invite other countries to walk away from solving humanity’s most existential crisis.
It isolates the United States after we had united the world.”

Read his full statement, with a link to his Facebook page, below.

Negative feedback from the entertainment world included performers like Academy Award-winning singer John Legend, actress Alyssa Milano, actors Toby Stephens and Eric Balfour, and Bette Midler, who wrote “Short-sighted #DonaldTrump quits Climate Accords. Think of all the time effort & money poured into this & he bails giving BigOil a windfall.”

Academy Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose affiliation with climate change has been well documented, even tweeted at President Trump earlier in the day, writing: “@realDonaldTrump, I hope you make the moral decision today to protect future generations.”

In the aftermath of Trump’s decision, DiCaprio also voiced his disappointment:

Perhaps the most notable reaction came from former President Barack Obama, who was heavily in favor of the Paris Climate Agreement. He too released a statement to the press, saying that he believes “America should be at the front of the pack” and that “even in the absence of American leadership; even as the Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”

Read the full statement below:

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Anonymous

Climate change is not an important issue for the world. If it was, then the NCEI wouldn’t allow mathematical algorithms that compress the highs and lows of temperature readings in order to create an artificially smaller deviation about the mean global surface temperature, which omits the inherent uncertainty in the measurements. The uncertainty is real, because and the NCEI has never addressed the problem of ANOVA testing when data sets are compiled into their respective microclimates, and techniques. Better testing methods are therefore required, not algorithms.

JOHN MAYOR...

I guess Trump is going to have kick his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, out of his new appointment (Tillerson, THE FORMER C-E-O OF EXXON!)!… as Tillerson has advocated S-T-A-Y-I-N-G W-I-T-H the Paris Agreement! And if the former CEO of a polluter like EXXON says stay with the Paris Agreement, what does that say about the MENTAL FACILITY of MR. POTUS?
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Anonymous

I think that the original intention of the Paris Accord was usurped by the desire to help more countries become industrialized. If developing nations curb their energy production, it means that energy can be produced elsewhere by an under-developed country without a net gain in pollution. Corporations favor the Accord because profit margins are extremely high when third world nations become producers – no regulations, lower wages, etc. All the corporations need to do is shut down a few plants in the USA and build new ones in India or elsewhere, and they will make more money.

But to answer your question, I think this is why Rex Tillerson was in favor of the Accord. Rex isn’t especially trained to consider American jobs, his thought process has been focused on corporate America and their profits for shareholders. I also think corporate lobbyists must have persuaded President Obama to sign the Accord, because if Obama was really interested in protecting the climate, then he would have refused to sign until all countries could be held accountable to the earth.

redruffansore

Have a nice cup of ObamaFail, you lost and will continue to lose.

JOHN MAYOR...

I keep picturing Donald Trump standing naked on an iceberg!… and then, it flips over!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Anonymous

Yes Johnny maiones we know all about your butt Dart dreams.

JOHN MAYOR...

You know as much about John Mayor, as Trump knows about SEXUAL PROPRIETY! And your “butt Dart dreams” reference makes perfect sense!… butt Dart jokes and groping, go hand in hand! BUTT HEAD!… what a couple of PERVS!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Anonymous

Hey John remember that time when my balls were bouncing off your chin. Damn I didn’t think you could take the whole thing but you did, remember we were going to change your name from butt dart to gobble, gobble.

JOHN MAYOR...

And so, the CONSCIONABLE Heavy readers!… AND GROWN UP HEAVY READERS!… are to view your “jokes”, and Trump’s *SSHOLE BEHAVIOR as M-A-T-U-R-E! You!… and he!… HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING! You’ve got no respect from RESPONSIBLE READERS here!… just from ijits like yourself! Your JERK comments… and as is the case with Trump’s!… aren’t the words of “WINNERS”! Oh!… BTW!… covfefe is an acronym for:… COLLUSIVE VLADIMIR’S FAKE ELECTORATE’S FAKE ELECTION! Bye bye!… little MANCHILD!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

redruffansore

Mayor, you are the Mayor of tardsville. Duh Won, Emperor Obama, Puppethead or whatever else fits, he’s a failed community disorganizer and Trump will take the remnants of his filthy regime apart like a cheap watch.

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