Wold Opinions on Trumps Decision on Paris Climate Accord…

World leaders reacted with dismay Thursday to President Trump’s announcement that he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, while three prominent European heads of state rejected his suggestion that the deal could be renegotiated.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and  and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States’ decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed “our strongest commitment” to implement its measures and encouraged “all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change.”

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, “since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics.”

Macron repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the Elysee presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home. He said, “I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the U.S. and for our planet.”

“Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again,” Macron added.

The European Union’s top climate change official, Miguel Arias Canente, said in a statement that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accord made it “a sad day for the global community,” adding that the bloc “deeply regrets the unilateral decision.”

Canete also predicted that the EU would seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as U.S. businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement “a major disappointment” and said it was “crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues,” according to his spokesman.

Norway’s largest pension fund with 53 billion euro ($59.5 billion) in assets under its management said it would continue to invest in renewable energy despite the American president’s decision, saying in a statement that “Donald Trump is jumping off a train that has already left the station.”

Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in U.S. states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that “the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy.”

In Mexico, former President Vicente Fox criticized Trump’s move, saying on Twitter: “He’s declaring war on the planet itself.”

Fox, who has clashed with Trump since last year’s presidential campaign, said the U.S. leader’s decision “condemns this generation and those to come” and would leave “a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness.”

Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Co., also weighed in, saying: “We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities.”

Before Trump announced his decision Thursday afternoon, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters during a visit to Berlin that fighting global warming was a “global consensus” and an “international responsibility.”

Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, Li said that “China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment” and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

While traveling abroad last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.

Russia joined the chorus speaking out for the climate accord. Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump’s decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russia “thinks highly” of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective “without the key signatories.”

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year — enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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D-Source 06/02/2017

Just a few Climate Change Facts, for those who are interested in facts:

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century.

Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa

Since 1950, the U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent.

Climate Change kills more people world wide, including Americans, than Terrorism.

Nearly 1,000 children per day die due to Climate Change

Climate Change is responsible for Famine, droughts, more powerful and deadly storms, disease, starvation, loss of Real Estate, Wealth, health problems and death by the millions.

5 million people world wide die due to Climate Change per year

The Coal Industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the world for it’s employees. More employees die from accidents and illness (Cancer), than from any other industry.

Trump says the Coal Industry is vital for jobs. The Coal Industry employs 76,000 people. To put that into perspective: Car wash Industry: 150,000; Travel Agencies 99,000; Museums: 91,000; Used Car Dealers: 138,000 employees

The Solar Industry employs 260,000, up nearly 25% from 2015

The Coal/Mining Industry lost over 191,000 jobs since 2014

Wind Industry supports 88,000 jobs

Bio Fuel Industry supports 401,000 jobs

Natural Gas supports 2.2 million jobs.

Fossil Fuels cost the US between $361.7 and $886.5 billion per year in Health Costs, alone.

Renewable Energy has no negative health effects and supports millions of US Tax Paying Jobs.

When you take time to consider the actual facts; does it make more since to do nothing about Global Warming/Climate Change, for our health, economy and planet or does it make more since for our health, economy and planet to keep heading down the path of Renewable Energy? Don’t be political; be honest…

And considering the amount of innocent men, women and children who suffer and even die due to Global Warming and the ill effects of Fossil Fuels, the pollution they cause and the Mining of them, what would God have us do?

 

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