Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, on Friday showed his concern over US President Donald Trump’s decision to take the country out of the Paris Agreement. In his post on Facebook, Gates said,” I am deeply concerned with the decision to take our country out of the Paris Agreement.” According to Gates, the decision though will not discourage his Breakthrough Energy Ventures from investing in the companies and technologies that will provide reliable, affordable energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change. He said, “We look forward to continuing to work closely with all countries that share that vision. I am hopeful that the United States will continue its bipartisan commitment to developing the innovative foundation for those new technologies by supporting our world leading labs and universities.”
Donald Trump yesterday pulled out of Paris Agreement on climate change. The decision was a sweeping step that fulfills a campaign promise while acutely dampening global efforts to curb global warming. While his move was criticised by leaders across the world, Trump said as President he has one obligation and that is to the American people. During the US Presidential campaign, Trump had promised to withdraw from the Paris agreement. He had even termed the climate change accord a hoax. Notably, Paris climate change accord aims at significantly reducing global emissions.
Meanwhile, Indian environmentalists asserted that the US’ move was an opportunity for India to provide global leadership on the issue, as reported by PTI. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said that this was not the first time that the US was opting out of an international climate agreement. It had pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol saying emerging economies do not have quantified emission targets.While Greenpeace India called Trump’s decision “irresponsible and short- sighted” and said it was a loss for the US in many ways and an opportunity for India to provide global leadership on the climate issue.