USA leaving Paris Climate Accord “flies in the face of scientific evidence”

IEMA has commented on today’s announcement that US President Donald Trump will pull the USA out of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Speaking today (1st June), Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, said:

“The decision of the US Government to unilaterally withdraw from the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement is deplorable and flies in the face of scientific and economic evidence.

“The effects of climate change impact everyone, everywhere. The reckless actions of a single government must not be allowed to undermine the consensus reached in Paris in 2015.

"The transition to a low-carbon economy provides significant opportunities and those countries that face up to the challenge will be the ones that gain most economic benefit. The US risks missing out following the backwards step from the Trump Government.

“We urge US business and State leaders to make decisions based on scientific and economic evidence and continue to invest in renewable energy and low-carbon technology.”