British lawmakers urge May to tackle Trump on climate change

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By Susanna Twidale

<span class="articleLocation”>British lawmakers have written to Prime Minister
Theresa May, urging her to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump
on his views on climate change when the two leaders meet on
Friday.

Trump has dismissed climate change as a “hoax” and vowed
during his presidential campaign to pull the United States out
of the 2015 Paris Agreement designed to curb greenhouse gas
emissions blamed for global warming.

“As one of the world’s largest emitters … his approach to
reducing emissions could determine whether we, in the UK and
people round the world, experience or avoid the worst impacts of
climate change,” the letter from the cross-party Environmental
Audit Committee said.

May is set to be the first foreign leader to meet the new
U.S. President on Friday, with the talks expected to focus on
trade.

Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh said that
May should use the opportunity to demonstrate Britain’s
commitment to fighting climate change.

“The Prime Minister has said she won’t be afraid to
challenge the new President. So she should start by telling him
climate change is not ‘a hoax’,” Creagh said.

Scientists warn that rising global temperatures must be
stalled to stave off the worst effects of climate change,
including floods, droughts and rising sea levels.



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