Fighting climate change: Donald Trump may pose biggest threat

November 15, 2016 12:30 pm

Source: Alamy

* Trump may end up derailing all efforts to fight climate change

* He has threatened to cancel Paris Agreement

* Environment activists fear Trump could slash federal support to fight climate change

The new US President-elect Donald Trump may pose the biggest risk to the efforts to combat climate change.This is one of the burning topics of discussion at the COP22 climate change conference taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.

Doom and gloom at climate change conference

Today, delegates from 200 nations are in Marrakech to discuss an ambitious policy framework for sustainable development and climate investments. But there is a growing fear and deepening gloom across the COP22 conference premises. The reason for the panic? Trump and what he might do when he takes office as US President.

The Republican said during his campaign that he will cancel the historic Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4. He has already stated that he believes global warming is a hoax.

He has also said in the past that he will scrap all environmental commitments and roll back federal climate change and renewable energy policy.

“Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,” Trump had told a petroleum conference in Bismarck, the capital of oil-rich North Dakota, in May.

(10 things you need to know about the Paris Agreement)

Trump: The Chinese did it!

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive,” he tweeted in November 2012.

A little more than a year later, the business-magnate-turned-politician said in another tweet: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”

(Trump win weakens fight against climate change)

Withdrawal symptoms

Trump was seeking quick ways to withdraw the US from the accord to combat climate change, Reuters reported on Monday, quoting a source on Trump’s transition team.

Moreover, Trump has appointed Myron Ebell to lead his Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Ebell was always opposed to the environmental commitments made by the Obama government.

Environmental activists fear that Trump, when he assumes power, could slash federal support for actions to combat climate change.

(Here’s what Middle East leaders think of Trump)

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