Greens freak at Clexit: ‘Prioritized polluter profits over kids’ health’ – ‘Stunned dismay’ – Even Putin & Kim Jong Un signed


By: - Climate DepotMay 31, 2017 10:39 AM

Via: POLITICO Pro Energy
By Eric Wolff – 05/31/2017 10:06 AM EDT

Green groups reacted with fury over news that President Donald Trump will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

“Donald Trump has made a historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement. “Trump has abandoned the standard of American leadership.”

White House sources said this morning that the U.S. will withdraw from the 195-nation agreement, but President Donald Trump followed up with a tweet saying he would announce his decision “in the next few days.”

The delay in an announcement did little to mollify environmentalists.

“This would be a new low, even for President Trump and [EPA] Administrator [Scott] Pruitt who have prioritized polluter profits over kids’ health at every step of the way,” Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement.

“President Trump’s foolish decision means America is joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only three nations in the world not part of the race to head off one of the most dangerous threats the planet has faced,” Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. “Even such forward-thinking leaders as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un signed the agreement.”

The Sierra Club and LCV both promised to push ongoing action at the state and local level to accelerate decarbonization.

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