Climate change is fueling extremism, raising tempers along with temperatures, says the UN climate chief
“We’re already seeing extreme weather events,” said Christiana Figueres, the UN climate chief. (FILE)
There’s a big difference between what Donald Trump said during his campaign for president and what the UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, has told the media in recent weeks.
“There’s a big difference between what he said and what Figueres has said,” said William Happer, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Clinton administration.
“We are going to be the change that makes America great again.”
Happer said he found it amusing that Trump has now turned on the very country the world is now celebrating.
“We’re going to be the change we’ve never seen,” Happer said of the United States. “Look at what’s happening in Europe, in Britain, now in Ukraine, now in the United States with people being fed up with politicians.”
Those with a globalist perspective on the matter say America has been in an extended slumber over the past eight years, but a new era of optimism just began.
“We are going to be the change we’ve never seen, we’re going to be the change that makes America great again.”
In December 2018, President Donald Trump announced America would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, which the US ratified in 2015.
When the Paris agreement was first adopted in 2009, Happer told CNN, “there wasn’t a single climate change candidate, and climate change was never discussed at that Republican Party convention.”
America’s first climate change president might prove to be more than Trump, after all.
If the US doesn’t meet its Paris targets, Happer says, the world will “be looking at the US as the loneliest, worst-behaved nation