When President Trump explained his reasoning for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement Thursday, he referenced a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Now one of the authors of that study has come forward alleging that Trump “misinterpreted” their data.
The MIT study, “How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?” concluded that if all countries kept their promises over a 5-10 year period, by the end of the centure global warming would slow down between 0.6 to 1.1 degrees Celsius.
In his speech Thursday, Trump said, “Even if the Paris agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100.”
In an interview with CNN Friday, John Reilly, co-director of the MIT science program, said he wasn’t aware Trump was going to quote their study, and said, “The whole statement seemed to suggest a complete misunderstanding of the climate problem. I think Paris was a very good deal for the United States, contrary to what they are claiming.”
Additionally, Reuters reported:
“We certainly do not support the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris agreement,” said Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and one of the study’s authors.
“If we don’t do anything, we might shoot over 5 degrees or more and that would be catastrophic,” said John Reilly, the co-director of the program, adding that MIT’s scientists had had no contact with the White House and were not offered a chance to explain their work.
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