CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — President Donald Trump is shaking things up by withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, but environmentalists in Central Illinois think it was the wrong decision.
It’s a campaign promise the president says is for the people. He says our country would lose more than 2.7 million jobs by 2025. Others say it would create jobs and help the environment at the same time.
The goal of the Paris Accord is to reduce the impact of climate change. Former president Barack Obama and 195 other nations signed on. Nicaragua and Syria are the only two countries which hadn’t.
Those who work to protect the Earth in the area say pulling out of the Accord sends the wrong message.
“We are seen as a leader in the environmental movement in the United States and by turning our back to the rest of the world, we are setting a bad example for taking responsibility for the amount of carbon emissions we are putting into the air,” says Prairie Rivers Network Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Jeff Kohmstedt.
China is the world’s largest carbon emitter. The country says it will stick by its commitment to the Paris Agreement, despite the United States’ latest move.
With the US withdrawing from the deal, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has quit two of the president’s business advisory councils. Disney CEO Bob Iger also said he’s leaving the president’s White House Advisory Council.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt supports the president’s decision stating:
We as a nation do it better than anyone in the world in striking the balance between growing jobs and our economy while also being a good steward of our environment. We owe no apologies to other nations insofar as our environmental stewardship.