Trump Believes in Climate Change, Says US Ambassador

10 June, 2017, 15:06 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Haley tells CNN ``President Trump believes the climate is changing

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday the US President Donald Trump's statement about his country exiting the Paris climate agreement came as a shock and that India is hopeful that the United States would rethink its decision of withdrawing from the accord.

Leaders all across the world, however, condemned Trump's decision to abandon the global climate accord. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".

"Anyone who says we have signed Paris because of the lure of money, I reject that as baseless".

In explaining his decision to leave the Paris accord, Trump said it would cost the United States millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in lost gross domestic product over the next decade. "We're supposed to get rid of ours", Trump said.

In recent days governors and almost 200 mayors - from small towns to megacities - have vowed to collectively reduce USA greenhouse gas emissions and adopt clean energy technologies. Trump's decision to withdraw from the climate deal gave plenty of reason for Putin to cheer.

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It signals that America's hard-fought progress on climate issues won't be so easily dismantled just because climate deniers and fossil fuel industry allies hold the top seats in the U.S. government, observers said.

Trump has repeatedly described climate change as a hoax, on one occasion in 2012 saying it was a concept "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive". Numerous companies and politicians who signed up have been advocating for months for the U.S.to uphold its climate change commitments. "What he is doing is making sure that we have jobs for American citizens but also making sure that we have a clean environment". We're going to continue doing our part. "I think it undermines our nation's standing in the world and it threatens humanity's ability to solve this crisis in time", he said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.

Questions about the Trump administration's commitment to combating climate change resurfaced after the president announced earlier this week that the US would exit the Paris climate change agreement.

"There has to be far more focus on the economic message", Kerry said, saying the USA is putting itself at a competitive disadvantage in green technology sectors.

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