President Trump’s shameful performance at the United Nations was met with mocking laughter earlier today, much to his visible discomfort. Now, a more oblique yet no less damning indictment of the current American administration has been issued by President Emanuel Macron.
The Independent reports that Macron took a firm stance today in front of the whole world and stated that commerce with France in the future will be contingent on partied countries supporting the Paris climate agreement.
“We will no longer sign commercial agreements with powers that do not respect the Paris accord,” Macron told the U.N. General Assembly.
While he didn’t specifically mention Trump or the United States, it was just over a year ago that our reality television leader announced to the world his intention to pull the US out of the Paris agreement. The exit process will not be fully completed until 2020, and the White House has agreed they will abide by this timetable. This would make the United States the only country in the world not a party to the Paris Accords.
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Trump’s decision was in perfect keeping with his general climate change denying platform. This is, after all, the man who in the past made the ludicrous claim that global warming is a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese. His failure to meaningfully engage with the very real threat posed by a warming Earth is a profound dereliction of moral duty. It may please his fossil fuel benefactors, but in the end all life on this planet will be left footing the bill. This should not be a political issue. It’s a human issue.
Macron must be commended for standing up to Trump and his nihilistic ilk. In order for us to even stand a chance at combatting the negative effects of climate change, we need leaders willing to recognize the problem and agree to tackle it head-on.
Watch Macron’s full address to the General Assembly below.