This day President Donald Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden and declared that the Nation is withdrawing in the Paris Agreement. You can hear the bushes withering from grief.
As stated by the United Nations climate change specialists, if individuals do nothing to stop the growth in global temperatures, even by 2100, then we’ll confront mass extinctions, flood, drought, and starvation. Theoretical physicist and all-around genius Steven Hawking has given our species 100 years to escape the planet or perish. Even the Paris Agreement set out the particular aim of preventing the planet from warming by more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), in which time these devastating events would ensue.
Whilst standing in the sun surrounded by flowers and trees and air and all the things this announcement promises to destroy, Trump made his speech.
The treaty was ratified by 146 other nations apart from the U.S., so it is not like Earth with spontaneously combust without our participation. But all is sort of lost: The success of the deal hinges nations such as the United States–whose coal burning and car driving have gotten into the worldhelping to finance developing countries’ movement toward cleaner energy. Plusif you are not working to lessen global warming, there’s a chance you are increasing it.
It’s not surprising that Trump pulled away. He has long claimed climate change would be a hoax committed by the Chinese and campaigned on the promise of doing just what he did now. In his speech he said that, “the Paris Enforcement Deal is just the latest case of Washington entering into an arrangement that disadvantages the U.S. into the exclusive benefit of other nations, leaving American employees–who I adore–and taxpayers to absorb the price tag.”
But I’d argue that the movement was shocking. And not simply because this man has grandchildren who will probably endure through the catastrophe scenarios described previously. (Or that he will most likely have to substitute his golfing addiction with, say, billiards.) But that he did it standing in the 83-degree sunshine about the first evening of June (a slightly higher-than-average fever, mind you) surrounded by flowers and trees and fresh air and all the things this announcement promises to destroy.
So take into consideration the irony, the next time you wish to put about how you are ruining Donald and make that speech.