NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump has said countries like China, India and Russia are doing “absolutely nothing” to clean up their smokestacks and industrial plants and the garbage that they drop in sea floats into Los Angeles.
Terming climate change as a “very complex issue”, Trump said he considers himself to be, in many ways, an environmentalist, believe it or not”.
“So I’m very much into climate. But I want the cleanest air on the planet and I want to have, I have to have clean air, water,” Trump said in remarks at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday.
Trump told the audience that the US withdrew from the one-sided, horrible, horrible, economically unfair, ‘close your businesses down within three years,’ ‘don’t frack, don’t drill, we don’t want any energy’ the horrible Paris Climate Accord that killed American jobs and shielded foreign polluters.
He said the Paris Climate Agreement was a “disaster” for the US, adding that the deal would have resulted in trillions and trillions of dollars of destruction to America.
“And it is so unfair. It doesn’t kick in for China until 2030. Russia goes back into the 1990s, where the base year was the dirtiest year ever in the world. India, we are supposed to pay them money because they are a developing nation. I said, ‘We’re a developing nation, too’,” Trump said amidst laughter from the audience.
Responding to a question about how he thinks about risk as it relates to trade policy and issues like climate change, Trump said, “when people ask the question about climate, I always say: You know, I have a little problem.