800 scientists urge Donald Trump not to deny Climate Change
Washington, Dec 6 (EFEUSA).- A group of more tha 800 scientists and energy experts sent a letter today to President-elect Donald Trump to urge him to be aware of the effects of climate change and not turn his back on actions needed to combat that phenomenon, as he announced during the election campaign.
The letter, published by Scientific American, asks Trump to listen to the scientific community and to take crucial steps to address climate change to help protect “America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety.”
"You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy," say the experts.
We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action," the scientists said. "Many of America’s largest cities and states are already committed to doing so".
They urge the president-elect to expand investments in clean energy within the country, reduce carbon pollution, invest in mechanisms to respond to extreme weather disasters, and stay in the climate agreement signed in Paris a few months ago.
President-elect Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America's climate and clean energy policies, and appointed climate deniers with ties to the fossil fuel industry to his transition team and Cabinet.
In the election campaign, Trump was also in favor of "canceling" the environmental agreements of the Paris Convention in 2015 and signed by more than 170 countries, and assured that it would "withdraw" all US funds for the United Nations that have to do with climate change.
This week, the New York magnate met with ex-President Al Gore, one of the US leaders on climate change issues, to address the situation.