Trump pulls plug on U.S. climate change commitments

Jun 1, 2017
The Wilderness Society responds to President Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate change treaty.

Today, President Trump announced he would pull out of the United States’ commitments to address global climate change. Jamie Williams, president and CEO of The Wilderness Society said: 

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord is a misguided step back from the kind of leadership the world expects from America. By deliberately undermining the global effort to address climate change, President Trump just did the most counterproductive thing possible for our shared wild lands.

“Climate change is the single greatest long-term threat to our parks and wild places. Government agencies responsible for maintaining the grandeur of our natural heritage for the next generation are being stripped of vital resources. And even more disturbing, those are the very agencies we would need to confront and manage an uncertain future caused by a changing climate.

“Today’s decision adds to the list of actions that put the oil and gas industry’s wishes ahead of all other public lands users. From taking steps yesterday to open the sensitive coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, to peeling back protections for national monuments, the evidence is clear that this administration’s agenda is blind to the desires of most Americans."