In 2009, the New York Times ran a full-page advertisement featuring a letter from a number of business leaders urging then-President Obama to take the lead in enacting climate change legislation and to invest in clean energy. Among the letter’s signatories were Donald Trump and his three adult children.
“If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet,” the letter reads.
“We urge you, our government, to strengthen and pass United States legislation, and lead the world by example. We support your effort to ensure meaningful and effective measures to control climate change, an immediate challenge facing the United States and the world today.”
“Please allow us, the United States of America, to serve in modeling the change necessary to protect humanity and our planet.”
This Thursday, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) of the Senate Environment Committee dug up the letter and shared to his Twitter account, wondering if the President will “heed his own advice.”
#TBT to 2009 when Donald Trump urged President Obama to lead the world by example & #ActOnClimate. Will President Trump heed his own advice? pic.twitter.com/ypjAJi4GpB
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) June 1, 2017
From Business Insider:
The open letter stands in stark contrast to Trump’s current views on the environment. Trump has frequently expressed climate-change skepticism in recent years, including once in 2012 when he suggested that climate change was a Chinese-manufactured hoax. On Thursday, he is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, which is an agreement between 195 countries that set goals for reducing worldwide pollution.
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