[Trump/Paris Edition] 10 in 2 - Week of May 29th

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of May 22nd aka the week the climate deniers won

  • This week, we’re doing something different. For the last 24 hours, sustainability has been top of mind for us and for concerned citizens across the globe. To help make sense of it, we decided to compile 10 of the most interesting responses and stories related to Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement. On past episodes we have done our best to not focus on Trump’s constant distractions, but this week we are going all in.

 

...so here we go:

 

  1. Newly elected french president Emmanuel Macron, offered refuge in France to American climate scientists and said “We will succeed, because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make Our Planet Great Again.” (The Intercept)

  2. The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings: Twenty-two senators wrote a letter to the president when he was said to be on the fence about backing out. They received more than $10m from oil, gas and coal companies the past three election cycles (The Guardian)

  3. With all eyes (including ours) on Trump’s announcement to withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order to “jump-start Alaskan energy”—meaning, drill for more oil. (Newsweek)

  4. Vatican Compares Trump to Flat Earthers Over Climate Change. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences said it “would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific,” he said. “Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round. It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.” (Gizmodo)

  5. A Pro-Paris agreement protest planned outside the White House Thursday, organized by 350 DC. If you aren't inside the beltway, head to https://resistancenearme.org/ to find out what is going on in your zip code.

  6. China tells Trump there is a “international responsibility” to act over climate change “Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China” (Independant)

  7. National Geographic outlines 6 Reasons Why U.S. Paris Reversal Won't Derail Climate Progress:

    1. SOLAR AND WIND ARE CHEAPER THAN COAL

    2. CORPORATE AMERICA IS ON BOARD

    3. STATES AND CITIES ARE STEPPING UP

    4. IT’S NOT JUST BLUE STATES AND TREE-HUGGERS

    5. THE INFLUENCE CENTER SHIFTS FROM WASHINGTON TO SACRAMENTO

    6. A BRIGHTER GLOBAL PICTURE

  8. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Hits Back at President Trump and his reference to pittsburg in the Paris accord announcement.  “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.” (Twitter)

  9. Elon Musk is also done. He tweeted: “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.” Shortly after that, Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, also quit with a tweet: “As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.”

  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials said Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. (Reuters)

 

 



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