A group of 800 scientists sent a letter to President-elect Republican Donald Trump to be aware of the effects of climate change and not turn his back on actions needed to combat that phenomenon, as he announced during the election campaign.
The letter, published by Scientific American, encourages Trump to listen to scientists on climate change issues, and suggests that he take steps to alleviate the concerns that have been raised about it.
“It has the support of most companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change, by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy,” the experts said.
“Many of the largest cities in the United States have already committed to making the change and urge you to decide whether you want your presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action” say the scientists.
They urged the President-elect Trump to expand investments in cleaner energy within the country, reduce carbon pollution, invest in mechanisms to respond to extreme weather disasters and stay committed to the climate agreement signed in Paris a few months ago.
Trump denied for months the reality of climate change and went on to say in social networks that “It is a deception of the Chinese”.
In the election campaign, Trump was also in favor of “canceling” the environmental agreements of the Paris Convention in 2015 that was signed by more than 170 countries and assured everyone that he would “withdraw” all US funds for the United Nations that have anything to do with climate change.
This week, the New York magnate met with ex-President Al Gore, one of the US leaders on climate change issues, to address the situation.