US President-elect is ‘not only mad and bad but he’s also dangerous’, UK politician says
Mr Trump was described as ‘dangerous’ by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron AP
One of the biggest ever environmental campaigns has been launched by a group of the world’s most eminent scientists and environmentalists in an ’emergency’ effort to convince the President-elect, Donald Trump, that global warming is real before he becomes US President in January.
Mr Trump, who described climate science as a “hoax” perpetrated by China, has already appointed a prominent climate change denier, Myron Ebell, to a key environmental post and promised that he will rip up the landmark Paris Agreement climate deal when he enters the White House. Climate sceptics in Australia crowed that the Paris Agreement was “cactus” – meaning finished – following his election this week.
Among those now preparing for arguably the most important campaign ever designed to change the mind of a single individual in modern history is the Sierra Club – an environmental group founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, which now has more than two million members and supporters globally.
Visitors to the club’s website are now being urging to “make an emergency donation”. “We are not licking our wounds, we are preparing for the fights to come. Fight Back Against Trump,” it explains.
Meanwhile the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is bringing together leading scientists from across the US to urge Mr Trump to listen to the evidence, rather than accept the testimonies of conspiracy theorists and fossil fuel lobbyists.
Dr Rush Holt, the chief executive of the AAAS, told The Independent: “During the campaign, Trump was all over the place, saying different things about different issues at different times, and so it is hard to know really what he will do.
“There are troubling signs in that he has appointed as a key member of his transition team a person who is, I guess I’d say, antagonistic to restricting carbon emissions [Ebell].
That’s not a good sign. AAAS, for more than half a century, has been outspoken to policymakers and the public about the risks of human-induced climate change and the need to take action to mitigate it.
“I think we will be urging him to look at the evidence even before his first day because climate change is a major, historic, global problem and he should be looking at that even now.”
Dr Holt, who described climate change as a “looming emergency”, said Mr Trump might be swayed by the financial implications of removing the US from the signatories of the Paris Agreement or otherwise abandoning efforts to cut emissions.
“We would condemn such moves and say that such action would put our country and our friends and competitors around the world in dangerous situations and that climate change is already costly in lives and dollars. If strong action isn’t taken, it will be only more so by all estimates, more costly than the cost of addressing it,” he said.
“Maybe he [Trump] would respond to arguments of dollars and cents.”