Who Makes Policy Campaign 2016 Edition

UN Fears The Effect Of Trump Presidency On Climate Change

As the presidential election fast approaches, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, pushed fast forward on the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, a legally binding climate deal. Ki-moon is in a panic over the impact Trump could potentially have on the success of this international treaty. Trump has publicly commented on global warming stating,”It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.” Ki-moon worries if Trump becomes president he will withdraw the U.S. from the agreement. American presence is of great significance given that we are the world’s largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter. Ki-moon has begun a campaign to ensure the treaty will enter full force before the next American Presidential inauguration, which requires the ratification of at least 55 countries. He has since planned a ceremony at the United Nations for September 21, 2016 to announce completing this goal – he already has 40 countries. The pace at which Ki-moon is pushing this treaty (putting it into force in less than a year) is highly unusual for international agreements. This proves the urgency and fear of the United Nations regarding Trump.

Climate change should be a growing concern of every country, and an American absence from the efforts to fight the dangers of climate change would be detrimental. Mr. Trump’s insistence that global warming is a hoax reminds me of a comment a previous professor of mine made. He said, “98% of the scientific community acknowledges global warming and state human beings are to blame for its alarming rate. If 98 out of 100 doctors suggested you remove a kidney in order to survive, would you listen to the other 2 insisting you were fine? And these two scientists are being paid off by companies who have a vested interest in you thinking you were okay.” Why do citizens listen to politicians instead of scientists when it comes to climate change? I can only hope the next president will be aware of the tremendous burden the U.S. has in this global issue.

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