The entire world has turned against Donald Trump over his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a move that could send the planet into an irreversible path of global warming.
Shortly before Trump’s official announcement, the Vatican blasted the decision as a “slap in the face for the world.”
“It is a huge slap in the face for us. It will be a disaster for everyone,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told the Rome newspaper La Repubblica, according to Reuters.
The Paris Climate Agreement, signed during the latter part of the Obama administration, dictates that countries around the globe work together to keep average global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above those of the pre-Industrial Revolution average global temperature.
This goal stands to be accomplished through countries reaching “peak emission” levels as soon as possible, and concurrently shifting over to dependence on renewable and clean energy sources. The Paris climate deal also mandates that rich countries like the United States send aid to poorer countries in order to offset the possible negative economic effects from capping the usage of fossil fuels.
Under the terms of the Paris climate agreement, there is no legal accountability for countries that are party to the deal failing to deliver on the deal’s mandates. The deal is, basically, voluntary.
Nevertheless, the Trump administration is eager to withdraw from the deal, sending a message that for President Trump, making money for himself and his Big Oil pals is far more important than saving the planet for future generations.
“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,” Bishop Sorondo said in reference to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.