The largest oil company in the world understands more about climate change than the president of the United States.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed President Donald Trump on Wednesday after energy giant ExxonMobil asked the White House to not yank the U.S. from participation in the landmark Paris Agreement.The historic international climate deal has been a top target of Trump – who appears hell-bent on dismantling his predecessor’s legacy.When former President Barack Obama signed the 2015 deal forged between nearly 200 countries he had suggested that the Paris agreement may one day be seen as the moment the world decided to save the planet.
Under the Paris accord the U.S. agreed to reduce its carbon emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below the levels emitted in 2005.
But on Tuesday Trump signed an executive order asking his Environmental Protection Agency chief to take action toward unraveling Obama’s Clean Power Plan – which aims to lower emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet.
According to Bloomberg Trump’s order lays out ‘a broad blueprint for the Trump administration to dismantle the architecture that former President Barack Obama built to combat the phenomenon’.
As Trump’s White House seeks to unravel Obama’s greenhouse gas commitments – a most unlikely ally of the largest climate change compact has emerged to lobby the new president.