“Believe it or not, in many ways I’m an environmentalist”: Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump accused China, India and Russia for doing “absolutely nothing” to clean up smokestacks and industrial plants and the garbage that they drop in sea that floats into Los Angeles.

The President termed climate change as a “very complex issue” he 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 remarked at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday.

In his address he said 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.”

Adding that 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”,” Mr Trump said amidst laughter from the audience.

“We have a relatively small piece of land – the United States. And you compare that to some of the other countries like China, like India, like Russia, like many other countries that absolutely are doing absolutely nothing to clean up their smokestacks and clean up all of their plants and all of the garbage that they’re dropping in sea and that floats into Los Angeles, along with other problems that Los Angeles has, by the way.”

“But when you see this happening, it’s – nobody wants to talk about it. They want to talk about our country. We have to do this. We have can’t have planes any longer. We can’t have cows any longer. We can’t have anything. I said, “What about China?”,” he said.

He said he wants clean air and crystal-clean, clear water and the US today has the “cleanest air we’ve ever had in our country, meaning, over the last 40 years. I guess, 200 years ago was cleaner, but there was nothing around.”

“But I want clean air. I want clean water, environmentally,” he said.

The United States formally withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate accord, a global agreement which brought together 188 nations, including India, to combat global warming.

Although Donald Trump had announced his decision to withdraw from the historic agreement on June 1, 2017, the process began on November 4 with the formal notification and the US will be out of the pact on November 4, 2020.

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