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Al Gore Condemns Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

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The former Vice President and environmental activist has harsh words for President Trump.

Former Vice-President Al Gore recently criticized President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement on his interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News.  

Gore, who has been a champion of environmental causes and has won a Nobel Prize for his environmental work, called the decision “reckless and indefensible.”

Last week, the President declared that: “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” He further stated that the decision “represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty.”

The Paris agreement, signed by 195 countries in 2015, is part of a global effort to take action against the harmful effects of climate change. Following President Trump’s decision, The US will join two other countries—Syria and Nicaragua—who are not part of the agreement.

The President argued that his decision comes from a belief that the agreement puts America at a “permanent disadvantage” and empowers developing countries who pollute just as much. He hoped to begin negotiations to “reenter either the Paris accord or really entirely new transition on terms that are fair to the United States.”

Gore said that he met with President Trump and “tried to persuade him that it [the Paris agreement] was in the country’s best interest.” The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases and pulling out of the agreement, Gore argues, “undermines our nation’s standing in the world and isolates us and threatens to harm humanity’s ability to solve the crisis in time.”

Gore has joined a number of governors and politicians, who have banded together to continue to work to meet the targets of the global climate accord. Major companies too have supported the U.S. remaining in the Paris climate agreement, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron and JP Morgan Chase. 

Despite President Trump’s decision, the former Vice-President remained hopeful, “but the good news is that we are going to continue moving forward. It would be better if we could move faster,” he claimed.

Dev Pant, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, has served as a copy editor at The Daily Texan. He is originally from Bangalore, India and enjoys writing about politics.

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