Trump Denies Climate Change But Might Sign Paris Accord

US President Donald Trump says he is skeptical about climate change, but says he might sign the United States back up to the Paris climate agreement.

“There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place,” Trump said in comments published on Sunday.

Although global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, they are indeed slightly different. Global warming refers only to the Earth’s increasing surface temperature, whereas climate change is a broader term which includes the other effects of carbon pollution, such as changing weather patterns.

So far, several studies have been conducted to gauge the consensus reached among climate scientists on human-caused global warming, with 97 percent emerging as an accurate estimate of the proportion who agree with it.

“The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records. They’re at a record level,” Trump said.

His comments were similar to those often made by climate change skeptics that global warming has stopped, or even reversed, in recent years.

But recent figures provided by the Met Office, NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicated that 2017 was one of the hottest years ever recorded.

“Forget what the skeptics will tell you, climate change is real and is happening right now,” said Professor Martin Siegert, a climate change expert at Imperial College London, in response to the figures.

Meanwhile, Trump said if there is a good agreement, he would sign the US back up to the Paris climate accord he withdrew from in June last year.

“The Paris accord, for us, would have been a disaster,” he told Britain’s ITV channel. “If they made a good deal … there’s always a chance we’d get back.”

Trump had vowed during the election campaign to “cancel” the landmark 2015 global agreement within 100 days of becoming president on January 20.

The agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 and has been signed by 197 countries, of which 174 have now formally ratified it.

The climate deal seeks to halt average global warming at no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures by 2050. It also sets out a goal of reaching a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, if possible.

The deal is to take effect in 2020.


via Trump denies climate change, but says he may sign Paris accord

14 thoughts on “Trump Denies Climate Change But Might Sign Paris Accord

  1. “The Paris accord, for us, would have been a disaster,” [Trump] told Britain’s ITV channel. “If they made a good deal … there’s always a chance we’d get back.”
    ~ Everything is a deal for him, even the survival of our species.


  2. Well, all I know is that in the summer, no matter where I am, it is hot as Hades and I don’t remember as a child, being aware of heat to this degree. Maybe, because as children, we don’t feel the heat as much and believe me, we would have felt it as many fields of vegetables as we were bent over.

    But now it seems that we know that winter is over sooner than later and that when that first blast of heat comes, a few days later, it’s 87 and then 100 and it stays that way. I hate summer because it is just too damn hot. Where I am now, it is 53 degrees fahrenheit and if I was in Minnesota, I’d be feeling the 19 degrees fahrenheit and believe me, I’d prefer the 19. Also, it seems that with the extreme heat, there seems to be an absolute surplus of mosquitoes. I don’t remember those being quite as bad as they are nowadays. Also, we must realize that as we add more lanes to highways and continue building, we are destroying what helps soak up heavy rains and that is why we have massive flooding damn near every time it rains.

    Trump can talk shit all he likes, but people have actually had to move from their homeland thanks to it now being underwater and as I understand it, this situation is only going to get worse.


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