Is it smart for the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris climate accord? | The Tylt
Is it smart for the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris climate accord?
Supporters of the Paris Agreement say it is the first real global agreement to fight climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and was painstakingly negotiated by nearly 200 countries. If the U.S. unilaterally withdraws, critics argue we are essentially forsaking the battle against climate change—in order to save fossil fuel jobs.
But President Trump was elected on an "America first" nationalist platform. His supporters and many of his advisers are extremely leery of international agreements that do not prioritize American economic growth. Conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have been agitating for the president to keep his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement.
With the growth of wind and solar industries, it's not just environmental groups that pressured the White House—many corporate leaders agreed the agreement would have been immensely beneficial for the American economy, and urged Trump not to abandon it.