Commenting on the news that Donald Trump is set to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Director Dr Richard Dixon said:

“Donald Trump seems intent on ripping up US relationships with the rest of the world and rolling back decades of progress on social and environmental issues. Trump is the only world leader who denies climate change and he has made the US a climate pariah but the world will make progress despite them.

“Trump is the President that the fossil fuel industry has been waiting for. But he is too late because market forces are already ensuring that the fossil fuel industry is in terminal decline. Far from creating an economic resurgence, Trump’s actions mean US industries will lose out to the green technologies coming from Europe and China. Already solar and wind energy are cheaper than coal or gas power, and electric cars and household power batteries will soon be commonplace.”

“While Trump takes the US backwards, in Scotland we are looking to increase our ambition with a new climate bill expected later this year. We are living in what’s been dubbed decade zero for the planet as we face the greatest crisis humanity has ever known. The choices we make now will determine whether our planet can continue to sustain life as we know it. In Scotland we have a chance to demonstrate that it is possible to cut our carbon emissions and at the same time create a fairer and more equal society. With strong action on climate change, we can send a strong message of hope and do our fair share in the global community. [3]

Dr Dixon continued:“The world is already suffering from 1C of temperature rise and 2016 was the hottest year on record. Through his denial of the scientific facts of climate change, Trump is showing that he doesn’t care for millions of the poorest people who are endangered by rising seas, droughts and floods. His monstrous stance on climate change, and his divisive and racist policies should be condemned unequivocally by all political leaders.” [5]


Notes to Editors

Trump to withdraw from Paris Agreement www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40127326

Friends of the Earth USA statement www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2017-05-leaving-paris-agreement-makes-us-foremost-climate-vi

Republican President George Bush Snr signed the US up to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Earth Summit in 1992. The US refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the first international legally binding agreement unhttp://www.foei.org/press/global-climate-justice-movements-refuse-overshadowed-election-climate-change-denier-u-s-presidencyder the UNFCCC to reduce carbon emissions. The Paris Agreement was seen as a major achievement in part because the US signed up to it.

Scotland’s Draft Climate Plan aims to cut emissions by 66% by 2032. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38666232

2016 is hottest year ever The Guardian, Jan 2017 www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/18/2016-hottest-year-ever-recorded-and-scientists-say-human-activity-to-blamehttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/18/2016-hottest-year-ever-recorded-and-scientists-say-human-activity-to-blame

Friends of the Earth US: This is how we will fight for people and the planet
Friends of the Earth Europe: After the US election, we must fight the far right in Europe www.foeeurope.org/after-us-elections-fight-far-right-europe-101116
Friends of the Earth International: Global Climate Justice Movements Refuse to Be Overshadowed by Election of Climate Change Denier to U.S. Presidency

Friends of the Earth Scotland is
* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 74 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.