Defending the United States as ‘clean’, the US President Donald Trump in a discussion with Prince Charles about climate change and the environment, faulted India, China and Russia for air and water pollution. In the 90-minute meeting with the British royal, Trump said the US is ‘among the cleanest climates’. The president ignored the fact that in 2018, US carbon emissions had surged.
Moreover, environmental activists are not happy with Trump’s take on climate change as he has called it a ‘Chinese hoax’. And most notedly, his administration has ‘rolled back environmental protections aimed at preventing climate change and moved to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. Activists allege that the US president has ‘no intention of taking climate change seriously’. His cabinet is full of climate deniers and fossil fuel hangers-on and he is ignoring the importance of the United Nations scientists’ recent report on climate change. A UN report in 2018 sent alarm bells ringing stating that Earth could see the worst effects of climate change as early as 2030 if global warming continues at its current rate.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Trump said he agrees with Prince Charles that they must make sure that future generations must have good climate. “I did say, well the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are, based on all statistics. And its even getting better because I agree with that, I want the best water, the cleanest water – crystal clean, crystal clean air.” He also denied the fact that environment crisis is worsening. “I believe that there’s a change in weather and I think it changes both ways. Don’t forget, it used to be called global warming. That wasn’t working. Then it was called climate change. Now, its actually called extreme weather – because with extreme weather, you can’t miss.”
However, according to data from the International Energy Agency, the US remains one of the top countries when it comes to total carbon dioxide emissions, second only to China.