Stephen Hawking on Trump Exiting Paris Accord: ‘The Earth will Look Like Venus’

Theresa Smith
By Theresa Smith | July 5, 2017 | 11:21 AM EDT

Prof. Stephen Hawking and 

President Donald Trump.


When asked about President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, Professor Stephen Hawking said that Trump’s decision could make the Earth “become like Venus, with a temperature of over 250 degrees and raining sulfuric acid.” He also said that Trump will cause “damage to our beautiful planet.”

In a video published July 2, BBC News presented the question, “What does Stephen Hawking think about President Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?”

Hawking answered, “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible.”

“Trump’s action could push the earth over the brink to become like Venus, with a temperature of over 250 degrees and raining sulfuric acid,” said Hawking.

Stephen Hawking, physicist, is a professor at Cambridge University. At age 21, he was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease.

“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face,” he stated, “and it’s one we can prevent, if we act now.”

“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world for us and our children,” said Hawking.

In the video, BBC presented another question: “Stephen turns 75 this year. What is his dream present?”

“A cure for motor neurone disease, otherwise known as ALS, or at least a halt to its progression,” said Hawking. “When I was diagnosed at 21, I was told it would kill me in two or three years. Now, 54 years later, albeit weaker and in a wheelchair, I am still working and producing scientific papers.”

“But it’s been a great struggle, which I have only got through with a lot of help from my family, colleagues, and friends,” he said.

As previously reported, on June 1, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or really entirely new transactions on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its taxpayers. So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair," Trump said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

"As president, I can put no other consideration before the well-being of American citizens,” said Trump.  “The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers who I love and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production.”

Even if the United States and other countries fully complied with the Paris Agreement, Trump said, it's estimated to result in two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Furthermore, just two weeks of China's emissions would "wipe out the gains" made from the United States.

"In fact, 14 days of emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America, and this is an incredible statistic,” he said. “Would totally wipe out the gains from America's expected reductions in the year 2030 after we have had to spend billions and billions of dollars, lost jobs, closed factories, and suffered much higher energy costs for our businesses and for our homes.”

The president pledged that under his administration, the U.S. "will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on earth."

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