President Donald Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord Thursday, following through on one of his campaign promises.
The agreement, scheduled to being in 2020, was signed by 197 parties (196 countries and 1 economic integration organization), and has been ratified by 147 parties. The goal is to reduce climate emissions around the globe.
I don’t work for the people of Paris, I work for the people of the United States.President Donald Trump
The Paris accord and the decision to leave has divided people on the left and the right even more than the issue of climate change already does.
Those in agreement of withdrawing say this puts American workers first, and that the U.S. would bear the brunt of the costs of the agreement for the first 10 years.
The president stated, “I don’t work for the people of Paris, I work for the people of the United States.”
Those in opposition of withdrawing say the president is out of touch with the rest of the world, and that doubting relevant science has not only damaged our foreign relationships, but also accelerated the devastating impacts of global warming.
Reaction on Twitter has been swift and powerful on both sides. From the Left:
We're already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 1, 2017
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2017
And from the right.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 1, 2017
— Sen. McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) June 1, 2017
I support President Trump’s desire to re-enter the Paris Accord after the agreement becomes a better deal for America and business.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 1, 2017
The Paris deal, while not a binding agreement, is the world’s first comprehensive climate plan.