But instead of working with the rest of the world to try to undo the damage, President Trump is now making good on his campaign pledge to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Paris agreement, the effort by 195 nations to join together and try to do something about our warming climate.
"The decision of the United States to be the only country on Earth ... unwilling to take part in a global attempt at a solution to the greatest crisis we've ever faced - there's a lot to be ashamed of in the Trump years and a lot of awful things that have happened - it's pretty hard to top that", says McKibben.
Pompeo said U.S.net greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005 to 2017 "even as our economy grew over 19 percent". The accord banned countries from announcing their intent to withdraw in its first three years, meaning Monday was the first day the US was allowed to submit its intent to leave the agreement since it went into force in 2016.
But reports suggest the Trump administration made no effort to renegotiate the Paris agreement, waiting instead until the first possible day to exit.
That "We Are Still In" coalition has attended multiple United Nations meetings where they say the USA government delegation did not do enough and the group announced Monday members will attend the COP25 climate talks in Madrid later this year.
"The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world's top-polluting countries should dispel any doubt as to why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound by this agreement", Trump argued.
The Trump administration first announced its decision to leave the global agreement in June 2017, making the U.S. the only nation in the world to forego terms set forth in 2015 to respond to the threat of climate change by keeping global temperature rise this century below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, at a minimum.
Democrats have demanded that she recuse herself from business related to the Paris Agreement (E&E News PM, 1 November).
He explained that the Obama administration promised to spend trillions for a nonbinding agreement that China won't follow, in order to lower global temperature only 1 degree.
The decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has been widely slammed and is set to isolate the United States even further. "It is driven by outdated views from the last century that held that climate action was costly and hurt jobs", CEO of the World Resources Institute Andrew Steer said.
We'll have more on the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement after headlines. It's also spreading diseases into new parts of the world, costing more lives.
Trump has cast the climate accord as elitist, saying when announcing his decision that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
A 2018 survey by the Yale Programme on Climate Change Communication found that 77% of Americans believed the United States should remain in the Paris Agreement, including 60% of Republicans. Climate change won't be solved without a global effort. Moreover, many scientists say continued expansion of natural gas is inconsistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. "We even turn a blind eye to the fact that China lied about its carbon emissions when it first came to the table with its pledge previous year".