President Trump made several campaign promises, including a reversal of climate change policies many on the right believe have less to do with protecting the environment and more to do with the global transfer of wealth.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants world leaders to ignore the Trump administration’s ambiguous stance on climate change and to, instead, work diligently to curb the purported fallout.
Bloomberg, 75, recently published the book “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet” alongside former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope. The book describes itself as “a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense.”
And in it, Bloomberg takes a firm stance, writing that he has little sympathy for “industries whose products leave behind a trail of diseased and dead bodies,” advocating that these companies be put out of business.
The billionaire businessman said he has no plans to run for higher office and is instead devoted to being a climate change advocate. Bloomberg’s central quest is to save the Paris Agreement, an international agreement that was adopted in 2015 to help fight back against the impact of climate change.
The U.S. was a signatory under former President Barack Obama, though the AP noted that the Trump administration is considering pulling out of the pact; the U.S. had agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28 percent.
President Donald Trump is slated to make a decision about the agreement before the end of May, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s potential decision to pull out has Bloomberg speaking out, telling the AP that he believes the U.S. will hit its goals with or without the federal government’s cooperation due to state efforts and business moves in the private sector, the outlet reported.
“Washington won’t determine the fate of our ability to meet our Paris commitment. And what a tragedy it would be if the failure to understand that led to an unraveling of the agreement,” Bloomberg told the AP. “We hope this book will help to correct that wrong impression — and help save the Paris deal.”
Trump has been heavily critical of some climate warnings in the past, specifically taking aim at global warming. And on the campaign trail during the 2016 cycle, Trump pledged to “cancel” America’s initial embrace of the Paris Agreement.
But there appears to be some splintering inside the Trump camp on the issue, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and strategist Steve Bannon imploring Trump to pull out and with advisor Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Economic Council Gary Cohn telling him to stay in. Read more about the debate here.
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