Mary Robinson is a former United Nations envoy on climate change and was also the first female president of Ireland. And she has a message for President Trump and the United States: With Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, the U.S. is now a “rogue state.”
In a statement she issued Thursday, Robinson wrote:
“The U.S. reneging on its commitment to the Paris Agreement renders it a rogue state on the international stage. But the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will not stop climate action in the United States. At state level, in cities, in businesses and communities around the country the move away from fossil fuels is well underway. We encourage all actors in the U.S. working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard.”
By abandoning the Paris agreement, the United States joins two other nations–Nicaragua and Syria–as the only countries refusing to abide by the plan. Ironically, three other nations that the U.S. has designated as “rogue” — Iran, North Korea, and Sudan — are all signatories to the accord.
The mayors of U.S. cities made it clear where they stand with an open letter they signed when it was learned the president would withdraw the country from the Paris agreement. In that letter, they promised:
“We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy. The world cannot wait — and neither will we.”
Looks like you lose again, Donald. Didn’t you promise “winning?”
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