The Post-Truth in Trump’s speech on Climate Change

Trump manipulates the information in his speech to convince citizens of his withdrawal in the Paris climate agreement. (Saul Loeb / AFP)

US President’s statements do not meet the facts

President Donald Trump announced in May 2016 US’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. To justify this decision, Trump said that the pact was unfair for the US because limiting CO2 emissions meant putting a brake on production and the growth of the economy.

Trump gave a speech full of facts that would convince his citizens, but if we analyze his words we can see how he clearly manipulates the facts in his favour.

“So we’re getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.

The truth is, the US is not a victim of other people’s choices. As stated in Article 3 of the accord, each country decides what objective it intends to achieve when reducing pollution.

Compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025

This information was presented in a report by the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation, two entities with economic interests contrary to the ones of the Paris agreement (because it puts limits on its production and reduces profits).

Therefore, the data is presented in the report with an interest behind it: the authors only took into account the drawbacks and not the benefits, as they themselves explain in the fine print. For example, some sectors such as mining would lose money, but other areas such as renewable energy could be developed.

With the limitation of CO2 emissions, some sectors would lose money but other areas such as renewable energy would develop further. (Federico Gambarini / AP)

China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.

The Paris agreement does not include a clause prohibiting the US from building coal plants. Besides, China is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 60-65% by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels).

Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100

As explained by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), any reduction in temperature, no matter how small, would be a great success because it would mean that the upward trend would have been reversed.

Translated by Chaplin’s Languages | Find out more in Junior Report


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