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Donald Trump Davos: Trump decries environment ‘prophets of doom’ at World Economic Online Forum

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Donald Trump Davos: Trump decries environment ‘prophets of doom’ at World Economic Online Forum

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGreta Thunberg and Donald Trump gave very different speeches at DavosUS President Donald Trump has decried climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme.He called for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and said…

Donald Trump Davos: Trump decries environment ‘prophets of doom’ at World Economic Online Forum

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US President Donald Trump has actually decried environment “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the primary theme.

He required a rejection of “forecasts of the armageddon” and stated America would protect its economy.

Mr Trump did not straight name the teenage environment activist Greta Thunberg, who was in the audience.

Later, she excoriated political leaders, saying the world “in case you hadn’t observed, is presently on fire”.

Environmental destruction is at the top of the agenda at the yearly summit of the world’s decision-makers, which occurs at a Swiss ski resort.

Donald Trump What else did the president say?

In his keynote speech, Mr Trump stated that it was a time for optimism, not pessimism, in a speech that touted his administration’s financial achievements and America’s energy boom.

Speaking of climate activists, he said: “These alarmists constantly demand the exact same thing – absolute power to control, change and control every element of our lives.”

They were, he said, “the successors of the other day’s silly fortune tellers”.

Mr Trump also revealed that the United States would sign up with an effort to plant, restore and conserve a trillion trees

” We’re devoted to conserving the majesty of God’s production and the natural beauty of our world,” he said.

The president was speaking hours before his impeachment trial began in the US Senate.

Donald Trump What has Greta Thunberg been saying?

Not Long After Mr Trump spoke, Ms Thunberg, the 17- year-old Swedish environment activist who has led a worldwide movement of school strikes requiring immediate environmental action, opened a session on “Averting a Climate Armageddon”.

She refrained from calling Mr Trump however issued this warning to the world’s leaders.

” I wonder, what will you tell your kids was the reason to fail and leave them dealing with … climate mayhem that you intentionally brought upon them? That it seemed so bad for the economy that we chose to resign the concept of protecting future living conditions without even attempting?

” Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour, and we are telling you to act as if you enjoyed your kids above all else.”

She strongly criticised politicians and company leaders for what she said were continuous “empty words and promises”.

” You say: ‘We won’t let you down. Do not be so pessimistic.’ And then, silence.”

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Media caption When Greta Thunberg fulfilled Sir David Attenborough for the very first time (through Skype)

Donald Trump Intriguing message

The timing of President Trump’s “do not stress” message is appealing.

He’s reassuring the Davos abundant club about the climate simply as the pillars of commercialism are themselves beginning to deal with global warming as a crisis.

The leading bank Goldman Sachs will no longer money new financial investments in Arctic oil or in coal for power stations.

And the boss of financial investment giant BlackRock has actually defined environment modification as the biggest risk to markets as rising temperatures put earnings at threat.

His company manages more than $6.5 trillion (₤ 5tn) of savers’ cash.

On the other hand the outbound governor of the Bank of England warns that companies which do not alter will go to the wall.

President Trump – astride an American economy sustained by inexpensive gas – believes they are wrong.

And he’s not alone. Leaders in Australia, Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia likewise cling to economies driven by fossil fuels.

It’s politics vs science: the fight of our age.

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Donald Trump What other response has there been?

Economist Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate, criticised Mr Trump’s speech. According to Reuters news firm he stated it was “astounding” and made “as if what we are seeing with our eyes are not there”.

The joint leader of Germany’s Green Celebration, Robert Habeck, was scathing.

” Only self-praise, lack of knowledge, disregard for everybody, no perception of international issues. It was the worst speech I have actually ever heard in my life.”

Donald Trump What are the environment targets?

The world’s countries committed in the 2015 Paris Agreement to keep temperatures well inside 2.0 C (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times.

They consented to attempt to keep the rise to 1.5 C however researchers say they are well off that target.

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Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Environment Change said the Earth was heading rather for 3C which “fast, far-reaching and extraordinary changes in all elements of society” would be needed to keep to the chosen target of 1.5 C.

The distinguished biologist and broadcaster David Attenborough recently informed the BBC that “the minute of crisis has actually come” in efforts to take on environment modification, referencing the bushfires that have actually wrecked parts of south-eastern Australia.

The United States is withdrawing from the Paris environment contract, which Mr Trump has actually called a “bad offer.” The pull-out will work the day after the 2020 US presidential election – presuming that Mr Trump is re-elected.

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