Written by Al Jazeera
“An agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries”. How long can the world sustain Trump’s short-sighted decisions?
In June 2017, United States president Donald Trump stood in the beautiful White House Rose Garden announcing his departure from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreements, conveniently focusing his argument away from the consequences of his actions.
Mr. Trump will never feel the outcomes of this decision. Rather, it will be the future generations who will be experiencing the rising sea levels and rapidly increasing global warming rates that science has proved to be inevitable unless drastic action is taken.
While he has attempted to justify his actions by citing bogus data from numbers by pro-fossil fuel industry sources, Mr. Trump’s arguments are easily refutable. Today, the world is transitioning from fossil to renewable fuels, generating a new global market. This shows how his narrative that environmental regulations are economy killers is false, thus rendering this decision as short-sighted and actually detrimental to his domestic economy.
Most importantly, Mr. Trump is forgetting America’s obligation to the world. Being the chief emitter of fossils fuels into the world, America has a social responsibility to use their vast amounts of resources and wealth to alleviate the conditions of the countries most harmed by his country’s practices.
By turning his backs on the Paris Accords, Donald Trump is turning his back on the world, setting a dangerous precedent that validates developed countries overlooking and abandoning those who need them the most in pursuit of their own selfish interests.