Nineteen world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany remained united in their stance to propel the Paris Accord on climate change forward. However, one remained firm on the sidelines: U.S. President Donald Trump.
Despite the convening communique to discuss the topic, Trump remained adamant about his decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate deal. Trump offered the option of possible renegotiations, but the world leaders resisted the idea.
It’s official. The United States will no longer participate in the global agenda to funnel money into a counter-climate change initiative.
“This is a clear indication that the U.S. has isolated itself on climate change once again, and is falling back while all other major economies step up and compete in the clean energy marketplace created by the Paris Agreement estimated to be worth over 20 trillion dollars,” voiced Andrew Light, a senior climate change adviser at the State Department under former President Obama.
While the international community sees the situation in a dour hue, many American conservatives are seeing the positive opportunity of being removed from the pact.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza even tweeted a response to a New York Times article reporting on the policy maneuver: “This is fantastic! If there is a problem, we just got everyone else to pay to solve it
Despite the differences of opinion on the climate change topic, Trump was still thankful and appreciative for the lively discussion. He thanked German Chancellor Merkel for hosting the coveted G20 event, and found the overall experience highly productive.
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 8, 2017
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