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"I'm Not Willing to Do That": Trump Says He Won't Take Climate Action Because It Would Threaten Corporate Profits

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The U.S. president reportedly worked to weaken G20 commitment to fighting climate crisis during summit in Osaka, Japan

By Jake Johnson, staff writer

President Donald Trump holds press conference at G20 summit.
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide is at a record high, Europe is in the midst of a hellish heat wave, and extreme weather is ravaging large swaths of the globe, but President Donald Trump dismissed the need for climate action during the G20 summit in Japan on Saturday and falsely claimed that air and water in the U.S. are the "cleanest" they have ever been.

Trump told reporters during a press conference Saturday morning that he is not ignoring the threat of the climate crisis, but he doesn't want to take action to confront the emergency because such a move would threaten corporate profits.

"So we have the best numbers that we've ever had recently," Trump said. "I'm not looking to put our companies out of business."

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"I'm not looking to create a standard that is so high that we're going to lose 20-25 percent of our production. I'm not willing to do that," Trump continued. "We have the cleanest water we've ever had, we have the cleanest air -- you saw the reports come out recently. We have the cleanest air we've ever had. But I'm not willing to sacrifice the tremendous power of what we've built up over a long period of time, and what I've enhanced and revived."

As the Associated Press reported after Trump claimed earlier this month that the U.S. is "setting records environmentally" with its air and water quality, the "U.S. does not have the cleanest air, and it hasn't gotten better under the Trump administration."

"The U.S. ranks poorly on smog pollution,which kills 24,000 Americans per year," according to AP. "On a scale from the cleanest to the dirtiest, the U.S. is at 123 out of 195 countries measured."

Furthermore, according to a study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tens of millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water each year.

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Trump's comments came amid reports that the U.S. president attempted to pressure allies to weaken the G20 commitment to fighting climate change.

According to Politico, Trump tried "to enlist the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Australia, and Turkey in opposing commitments to stand by the Paris climate agreement made at previous G-20 summits."

Trump's efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, as the U.S. remained the sole outlier in refusing to back the summit's climate declaration.

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"So we have the best numbers that we've ever had recently," Trump said. "I'm not looking to put our companies out of business."

It has long been known the powers that place corporate profits above people, hence we have observed a steady increase in profits while at the same time a drastic decline in the quality of life for people. With over 40 million U.S. citizens living in poverty, more than entire populations of nations our leaders and their bought and paid for media propagandists tell us their leaders are forcing their citizens to live in impoverished conditions, thus we need to illegally invade them with bombs or sanctions, both making the situation worse. The bottom line in this is, of course, profits to defense contractors.

Focusing on corporate profits shows shallow thinking on the part of Trump as the globe's environment is worsening to a point where scientists have calculated we have a mere dozen years in which to attempt to combat the decaying.

As more people fall into poverty and the planet's environment worsen there will come a time when profits will be nothing more than a wet dream, but the likes of Trump will be pushing up daisies so what does he care? Why should he be concerned now when he can only think of profits and killing people across the globe in order to increase profits.

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