If Donald Trump were elected president, he would be the only world leader who does not believe in climate change—or even in calling for action on global warming.
That’s what the Sierra Club found in a comprehensive analysis of verifiable quotes, statements, and actions from global heads of state, released Tuesday, which also warns that the presumptive Republican nominee’s steadfast denial of climate science could threaten relationships between the U.S. and its allies.
“Donald Trump’s failure to acknowledge basic climate science wouldn’t just leave him isolated on the world stage as President, it would undermine our relationships with key allies and threaten our ability to work effectively internationally. Trump’s climate science denial would make him a global laughingstock if it wasn’t so dangerous,” said Sierra Club global climate policy director John Coequyt. “Every single leader on earth—from Germany to India to Somalia to Japan—recognizes that the climate crisis is happening and demands the world’s attention, but Trump is sticking his head in the sand while the seas are rising.”
The report, On the Climate Crisis, It’s Donald Trump vs. the World (pdf), compiles official statements from 195 independent nations worldwide that recognize the dangers of global warming and the need to curb rising greenhouse gases, and compares them to the various ways in which Trump has dismissed, denied, and ridiculed the very concept.
“It is important that we act, because climate change is becoming an increasingly serious problem for all nations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last year.
In comparison, Trump tweeted in 2014, “Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?”
The U.S. and more than 170 other nations signed the Paris accord in April, committing to keeping global temperature rise to under 2°C.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time, “Climate change will test our intelligence, our compassion and our will. But we are equal to that challenge. I encourage other signatories to move swiftly to follow through on their commitments.”
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A month earlier, Trump attacked “draconian climate rules” in an energy policy speech and said that as president he would “cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programs.”
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