With Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, the billionaire former New York mayor is taking the responsibility on himself.
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged $4.5 million to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Last year, President Donald Trump told the United Nations he was pulling the US out of the pact, so Bloomberg, through his charity Bloomberg Philanthropies, has taken it upon himself to cover the costs.
The aim of the accord is to prevent the global surface temperatures from rising two degrees Celsius above where they were before the Industrial Revolution.
“America made a commitment and as an American, if the government’s not going to do it, we all have responsibility,” he told CBS‘s Face the Nation on Sunday.
“I’m able to do it. So, yes, I’m going to send them a cheque for the monies that America had promised to the organisation as though they got it from the federal government.”
Worth an estimated $50 billion, the media mogul is imploring Trump to reverse his position.
“He should change his mind and say look there really is a problem here. America is part of the problem. America is a big part of the solution and we should go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.”
He should change his mind and say look there really is a problem here. America is part of the problem. America is a big part of the solution and we should go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.
Bloomberg said, “it’s dangerous to keep doing what we’re doing”, and America needs to be an example for other countries to follow.
“If everybody would do the right thing, yes, it would be better. But if some people or some countries do the right thing we all benefit from that,” he said.
“All I know is that America, I believe, will meet its commitment by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gases by an agreed amount, and if we do it hopefully other countries will do it as well.”