Donald Trump regrets 'bizarre mistake' of Paris climate withdrawal, Richard Branson claims
Sir Richard Branson has claimed Donald Trump regrets the “bizarre mistake” of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement.
The Virgin empire founder said he hoped the US President was rethinking his decision to pull the country out of the global climate agreement which almost 200 countries signed in 2015 in an effort to tackle global warming. He called on President Trump to do all he could to eliminate the ailing US coal industry.
Speaking in Brooklyn on Friday, the billionaire said both businesses and cities were adamantly in favour of shifting to low-carbon energy and this made Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement “very, very strange”.
“With climate change, it’s America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly sad,” he said. “I’ve got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe his children and son in law [adviser Jared Kushner] are saying, ‘Look, I told you so.’ Hopefully, there is a positive change of mind.”
America is on the brink of becoming one of only three sovereign nations in the world not to be part of the deal. The other countries are Nicaragua who feels the accord does not go far enough and Syria which is plagued by civil war.
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