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Schwarzenegger Reacts To U.S. Exit From Paris Agreement - Progress Doesn't Depend On "One Man"

Arnold Schwarzenegger slammed President Trump’s announcement on Thursday that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate-change agreement, CNN reported.

Stressing the importance of “a clean future,” the former Republican governor of California declared in a video on ATTN in Los Angeles: “One man cannot destroy our progress, one man can’t stop our clean energy revolution, one man can’t go back in time. Only I can do that.” Schwarzenegger was referring to the character he played in the “Terminator” films.

He continued: “Like all the great movements in human history, our clean future starts with a grassroots movement in our communities, our cities and our states. We can’t leave it to Washington to lead. We need to do it ourselves. … We remember the great leaders; the great leaders that don’t walk backwards into the past, but the great leaders that charge forward towards the future.” Schwarzenegger noted that 200,000 people “die every year in the U.S. from air pollution, and half of our rivers and streams are too polluted for our health.” He argued that “we can’t just sit back and do nothing while people are getting sick and dying when we know there’s another way.”

The ex-governor is among many politicians, corporate executives, foreign leaders and celebrities who have blasted Trump’s decision, which reversed the Obama administration’s policy. Even “first daughter” Ivanka Trump urged her father to keep the United States in the agreement, which 195 nations signed. The pact calls for countries to set voluntary goals for reducing carbon emissions and taking other actions designed to moderate the effects of climate change.

Trump called the goals “draconian.” He suggested he may be open to a revised climate-change agreement, but stressed that it would have to benefit U.S. businesses and workers. “We’re getting out, and we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal,” he said. “If we can, great. If we can’t, that's fine. … We want fair treatment. We don’t want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore. … I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

The administration declined to provide details concerning Trump’s requirements for a new agreement. “When we talk about what a better deal looks like, that’s up to the president,” a White House staffer said. Trump did make it clear he opposes the carbon-reduction target of 26 to 28 percent within a decade that President Obama established. He claimed it is “costing the United States a fortune,” adding: “As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States. The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

Schwarzenegger and the president used to be friends, according to CNN. When Trump launched his presidential campaign, the former governor replaced him as the host of the television reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump ridiculed the program’s low ratings. In March, Schwarzenegger announced that he would no longer appear on the show.

Source: CNN
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