Dana Nuccitelli: Trump is doing his best to ruin the world for our children and grandchildren
In an inexplicable abdication of any semblance of responsibility or leadership, Donald Trump has announced that he will begin the process to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate treaty, joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only world countries rejecting the agreement. It now seems inevitable that the history books will view Trump as Americas worst-ever president.
Trumps withdrawal from the Paris treaty is a mostly symbolic act. Americas pledges to cut its carbon pollution were non-binding, and his administrations policies to date had already made it impossible for America to meet its initial Paris climate commitment for 2025. The next American president in 2020 can re-enter the Paris treaty and push for policies to make up some of the ground we lost during Trumps reign.
However, withdrawing from the Paris treaty is an important symbolic move a middle finger to the rest of the world, and to future generations. America is by far the largest historical contributor to climate change. Ironically, on the heels of Trumps claim that most NATO members arent paying their fair share to the organization, America has announced that we wont do our fair share to curb the climate change threats that we are the most responsible for.