Paris agreement is longer than 4 years

President Trump told us he didn’t believe in climate change, yet he was elected.

The Paris agreement is the most profound global effort to combat climate change and now only three countries are not involved in that agreement; Syria, Nicuagra and USA.

President Obama made healthcare and climate change the focus of his presidency and President Trump has undone these years of work in just over 100 days in office.

Obamacare was controversial at least among some Americans but climate change is science. Science is not controversial, it is fact. This time there are no alternative facts. The earth is getting warmer, the sea levels are rising and more extreme weather events are occurring, fact.

Climate change is bigger than President Trump and the challenge will last longer than four or even eight years of a Trump Presidency but the pertinent question is how far will America be behind by then?

Advances in renewable energy, sustainable travel and reducing greenhouse gasses will be made around the world. America will no doubt catch up. America will pay billions of dollars to catch up with technologies and industry but it will be their taxpayers that must pay for the decision made yesterday.

America, once a world leader is now regressive in comparison to their allies in Europe and Asia. China is now propelling the Paris Agreement. Europe and Canada continue to take in refugees and integrate them in to society while America attempt to build walls and ban travel from Muslim-majority countries.

Donald Trump essentially undermines the work of NASA and their scientists. #

NASA report on climate change

Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.

The withdrawal of America from the Paris Agreement is just the latest example of the polarization of America from the rest of the western world. This polarization can continue or the next President will spent their first 100 days returning America to where it was in 2015 and hope the rest of the world hasn’t moved on too far.

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Author: Gavin Hyland

Hi, my name is Gavin. I am a journalism student from Dublin. I love to write, read, watch television and travel ✈🚄🚀🚅

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