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Trump ‘tears down America’s standing in the world’ by leaving Paris climate accord

Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday that the U.S. is “going through a challenging time” under the Trump administration, decrying President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

“We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing in the world, starting with his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement,” Gore said Monday on NBC’s “Today Show.” “The climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge we face.”

Trump announced last month that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, an international pact signed by more than 190 countries to commit to fighting climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Gore, who has spent much of his time after his 2000 presidential run crusading to fight climate change, met with Trump last year at Trump Tower to discuss climate change.

The meetings had given Gore hope that the president would “come to his senses” about the Paris Agreement.

“But I was wrong,” Gore said. He declined to elaborate on what was discussed in the meeting.

Al Gore speaks during a Q&A following a special screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on July 10, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, argued in June that withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would benefit the U.S. economy.

“Well, the business community does not believe that at all,” Gore said on CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” “There are now twice as many jobs in the solar industry as in the coal industry.”

In the U.S., the number of solar jobs is growing 17 times faster than the number of jobs in other industries, Gore said, calling the solar industry “one of the brightest spots in our economic revival.”

But the former vice president, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change work, has faced pushback from…

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