Donald Trump has people in tears, but not because they're laughing.
He made the decision to officially withdraw the United States from the Accord de Paris, an agreement that bound countries together in an effort to find solutions to the pressing problem of global warming. Along with Syria and Nicaragua, the U.S. will join the two states as the outcasts of the pact. Syria's too focused on terrorism, displacement, and genocide, and Nicaragua is a place full of social injustices such as: starvation, widespread unemployment, and untreated diseases. What's America's excuse? America.
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump says.
While America's working class should prosper and be protected, Trump's decision is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Everyone, even the people of Pittsburgh, will suffer.
"Business leaders like Elon Musk of Tesla, Jeffrey R. Immelt of General Electric and Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs said the decision would ultimately harm the economy by ceding the jobs of the future in clean energy and technology to overseas competitors," according to The New York Times. Climate change is a burgeoning issue across continents, and the U.S. would be among the few countries that, at the very least, feed into rising sea levels, melting ice caps, environmental pollution, etc. However, Trump argues the opposite.
According to him, "the agreement would cost 2.7 million jobs by 2025." His inner circle (e.g., Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, and, of course, Ivanka Trump) agree with him. However, the rest of America is hesitant at best.
The president's radical decision is alarming, especially when he's only getting approval from the very men and women closest to him. His supporters, staff, and loved ones may be happy, but everyone else is extremely disheartened. The United States has morphed into a certified reality show, and the star of the series just left the world with a nail-biting cliffhanger of "covfefe" proportions.