Fallout from President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has begun with protesters screaming at the White House gates on Thursday evening to express their outrage.
The D.C.-based environmental group 350 DC had already planned their protest one day before Trump’s announcement on Thursday afternoon.
The Paris agreement was signed by every country in the world except Nicaragua and Syria. As the United States now joins that short list, critics seem to fear that this could mean the “end of the world.”
Trump’s actions in pulling out of the Paris agreement fulfill one of his campaign promises, pleasing voters who understand that the climate change agreement was incredibly unfair towards the U.S.
Trump’s chief strategist Steven Bannon supported the president’s decision, while other top White House advisers, including Ivanka Trump, reportedly urged him not to withdraw.
The protesters who showed up en-masse on Capitol Hill included Democratic lawmakers, environmentalists, climate change activists and even one guy who wore a full-body polar bear costume.
Their signs said things like “Wake Up to the Climate Crisis” and “Sol not Coal.”
Under the rules of the agreement, the U.S. cannot pull out of the pact until Nov. 4, 2020; which is the day after our next presidential election.
Shoutout to the guy in the full body polar bear suit at the White House climate protest. It’s 82 degrees. pic.twitter.com/Onrq56BkJf
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) June 1, 2017
— Bill Clark (@billclarkphotos) June 1, 2017
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