Trump Just Said Some Truly Crazy Things During His Paris Exit Announcement

Trump speaks in the Rose Garden on leaving the Paris climate accord. The New York Times via YouTube

Robin Andrews 01 Jun 2017, 22:01


“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Yeah – that’s where the agreement was forged and signed. The agreement itself is not all about Paris, obviously.

Trump also claimed that the agreement is preventing the development of “clean coal”, something that does not exist. (Clean coal is a form of low-carbon coal. He might as well have said that the Paris agreement is preventing America from researching ghosts and pixies.)

“Even if the Paris agreement was implemented in full, it is estimated that it would implement two-tenths of a degree of temperature reduction by 2100.”

The agreement’s text was designed to take in the world’s best science on the subject. If fully implemented, the world’s warming will be restricted to no more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100. Currently, we’re on about 1°C (1.8°F) since the Industrial Revolution. So we have 1 degree to prevent, which means Trump is off by a factor of five.

Then again, numbers were never his strong point.

“We don’t want other countries laughing at us.”

Good luck with that one, Donald.

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