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President Trump’s Paris Climate Accord Decision Puts the World At Risk

by Liam Rousselle
“The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord” President Donald Trump said to a crowd that had gathered in the White House Rose Garden. His decision puts the United States in an awkward position with almost every other country on planet Earth. Still, much was expected from the president who said that he was planning to roll back everything Obama did over the course of his presidency. [1] “I think it’s total [nonsense],” said junior Parker Montour. “Global warming is a scientific fact. It’s happening slowly, but it’s happening. If we can’t join something as simple as the Paris Accords, we’re dead. He’s seventy now. He doesn’t care because he won’t be alive when global warming catches up to us.”
One of Trump’s reasons for leaving the agreement was that the deal would have only led to a miniscule temperature drop. Trump stated, “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full… it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny tiny amount.” [2] However, this is a serious understatement. According to an analysis of the Paris agreement goals, done by Climate Interactive, the expected temperature decrease in 2100 would be nine-tenths of a degree. [2] That number may still seem small, but it is actually very influential. Since the industrial revolution, the average global temperature has risen by 0.99 degrees Celsius. [2] Working on a decrease of .9 degrees Celsius by 2100 would be multiplied in areas of extreme temperature.
Trump also mentioned, “We’re going to be paying billions and billions and billions of dollars and we’re already way ahead of anybody else.” [2] This is indeed correct, but the United States is also responsible for around 33% of the carbon dioxide that has been emitted into our atmosphere. [2] Another one of Trump’s reasons for leaving was that it would cause losses in American jobs: specifically coal jobs. He mentioned “It would cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025.” [2] Once again, there is a very valid argument against this. 25 separate companies, including Microsoft and Intel, argued against the departure from the Paris Accords with a full page ad in the New York Times. [3] This is because coal jobs are declining, no matter how much we de-regulate them. In 2017, solar-related jobs greatly outnumber those in coal-related jobs, and those numbers are still growing. [2] “It is a mistake to give up this opportunity to bring America into a new era of efficiency,” added junior Student Member of the B.O.E. William Anderson. “It demonstrates a lack of resolve to protect our environment. I think he only did it to score a political win as opposed to doing what is right for the environment, humanity, and American values.”
Trump has made a decision that can seriously affect the Earth, and not just the United States.

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-rolling-back-obama-rules/] [2] http://www.businessinsider.com/fact-check-trump-reasons-for-leaving-paris-agreement-2017-6/#billions-and-billions-and-billions-of-dollars-5
[3] http://www.businessinsider.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver-paris-climate-agreement-2017-6