POSTED BY: FIUSM CONTRIBUTING WRITERS JUNE 11, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a huge loss, according to a professor of biological sciences at the University.
The Paris Climate agreement is an international agreement enacted in 2016 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and limit the extent of climate change. Trump made the announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement on Thursday, June 1 and has faced backlash for it.
Philip Stoddard, professor and mayor of South Miami, sees zero benefits to the president’s decision to leave this agreement.
“By turning our back on this, the United States is really ceding the opportunity to become the world leader in these new emerging technologies, giving up huge growth potential, huge job potential, and ending the American century, and this really marks it,” Stoddard said.
Stoddard, who participated in the series of marches recently held across the country called March for Science, and spoke at the march held in Miami, says the agreement was the “biggest positive international step forward to date” and China, he said, will start to fill the void the U.S. is going to leave.
“The United States has said we’re not going to be a world leader on the planet anymore,” Stoddard said. “We’re giving over that role to the Chinese and it amounts to a multi-trillion dollar gift to the Chinese from the U.S.”
Stoddard feels that this is a gift the Chinese will take great advantage of.
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