Trudeau Warns Trump Victory Would Halt Climate Change Progress

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview Friday that another Donald Trump presidency would “slow down the world’s progress” on climate change.

“A Trump presidency that goes back on the fight against climate change would slow down the world’s progress in ways that are concerning to me,” Trudeau told CBC political correspondent Rosemary Barton.

“There’s a concern particularly around the environment at a time where it’s so important to move forward on protecting and building an economy of the future where energy workers, miners, forestry workers across this country, and manufacturing across this country continues to be successful as we move towards lower emissions,” said Trudeau.

Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Dubai in early December to sign a pledge for the U.S. government to send $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund. The Biden Administration has already given $2 billion to the GCF, which bills itself as an organization that “accelerates transformative climate action in developing countries.”

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump told voters, during a Dec. 13 speech in Coraville, Iowa, he will revoke the Biden Administration’s GCF pledge if elected president again in 2024.

“As we speak, the Biden administration is also negotiating to redistribute billions and billions of dollars in American wealth to other countries through the so-called climate reparation,” Trump said. “In other words, we’re paying a reparation. They’re saying we were so bad that we’re paying reparations to other countries.”

Earlier in December, Trump joked with Fox News host Sean Hannity, in front of a live audience in Davenport, Iowa, that he would be a dictator and authoritarian on day one of his presidency so that he could close the border and drill for more oil. “I want to close the border, and I want to drill, drill, drill,” the former president said.

Trump enjoys a favorability rating with the American public of 42% as he leads the Republican Party race for the presidential nomination. Meanwhile, in general election polling, the former president polled ahead of President Joe Biden in the three most recent McLaughlin & Associates surveys. Meanwhile, 69% of Canadians think Trudeau should resign in 2024.