After Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, it was a literal free-for-all of disgust and outrage around the world. Immediately, newspapers of record began reacting, with perhaps the best response from the Berliner Kurier: “Earth to Trump: Fuck you!”
— per bike (@per_bike_berlin) June 1, 2017
In his speech, Trump complained of the “billions and billions and billions of dollars” the US would partially provide for developing countries under the terms of the accord. He noted that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris”:
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris" Pres. Trump says in announcement he's withdrawing US from Paris Agreement pic.twitter.com/zIKtd3Npt8
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2017
Ironically, as many pointed out, Trump lost in Pittsburgh, as he did in nearly every metropolitan area in America. The statement was especially stupid, considering the agreement has nothing to do with the actual city of Paris, France — it was merely negotiated there.
Trump lost Pittsburgh. And he won in Paris, Maine; Paris, Tenn; Paris, Ark.; Paris, Idaho; Paris, Missouri; Paris, Penn.; Paris, Texas.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 1, 2017
Bernie Sanders had some of the strongest words for the disastrous Trump decision:
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace. At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations.
Even the CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of America’s largest banks, took to Twitter for the very first time ever, just to call out Trump’s terrible decision:
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, both resigned their positions on Donald Trump’s “advisory council” in disgust:
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
US cities weren’t far behind in condemning the selfish, foolish turn of events. Boston, San Diego, and — you guessed it — Pittsburgh all voiced their opinions:
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 1, 2017
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) June 1, 2017
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
In the “bluest” states, leaders went even further:
BREAKING: CA, NY and WA governors reject Pres. Trump's decision; will convene alliance of US states that want to uphold climate agreement
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 1, 2017
One Twitter user provided a helpful graphic of what the world looks like now in terms of climate change action:
— Brian Taylor (@BTnTHX) June 1, 2017
Thankfully, all of this outrage will not be in vain. So far, everyone seems to be in agreement over what to do with Trump’s rash decision: ignore it. Cities and states will still be adhering to the accord, in defiance of Trump’s petty and vindictive reversals of progress.
Senator Sanders again:
The United States must play a leading role in the global campaign to stop climate change and transition rapidly away from fossil fuels to renewable and more efficient sources of energy. We must do this with or without the support of Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry.
With the vast majority of Americans against this decision, Trump can count on bad blood with the American electorate aside from his single-minded supporters. Maybe a change in the political climate will remind Trump of the full-page ad he signed on to in the New York Times back in December of 2009:
Featured image via Getty/Win McNamee
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