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The Weather Channel mercilessly trolls Trump’s short-sighted Paris Agreement exit

The Weather Channel has used its homepage to troll U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement.

If you visit the U.S. version of the site now, you will be met with a variety of headlines aimed directly at Trump.

The lead story is about Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Agreement, which is innocent enough. But below that are stories with the headlines:

  • ‘So, What Happens to Earth Now?’
  • ‘Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should’
  • ‘and More Proof’
  • ‘…and Even More Proof’
  • ‘Or the Imminent Collapse of a Key Ice Shelf’
  • ‘…Or Antarctica Turning Green’
  • ‘…Or California’s Coast Disappearing into the Sea…’
  • ‘Watch Trump Make the Announcement’
  • What’s even sadder is that these headlines are all links to real articles. Climate change is happening – and even faster than we expected. But Trump has decided it’s about time to quit this whole “Earth” thing.

    The Weather Channel isn’t alone in its criticism of Trump.

    The New York Times reports that leaders from around the world are defiant about the decision and have quickly rejected any ideas of Trump “negotiating” the Agreement to better suit him.

    In an official statement, the Heads of State of France, Germany and Italy all noted Trump’s move with “regret”, calling the Agreement a “cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries” and vowing to “step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals.”

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former almost-president Al Gore were also critical. Obama said that Trump had “rejected the future” and Gore, who is known for his climate change activism, called the decision “reckless and indefensible”.

    Meanwhile, the CEO of Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk, followed through on his promise to quit Trump’s business council if the president pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.

    As did the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

    At least some Republicans are happy about it, with party leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell applauding Trump’s decision.

    The Guardian reports that Ryan called the Agreement a “raw deal for America” and McConnell said that Trump “has once again put families and jobs ahead of leftwing ideology”.

    Remember to tell your kids and grandkids that ignoring climate change was good for America as they scour the post-apocalyptic wasteland of 2100.

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