Joe Arvai joined Stateside to break down what this move means for the country and the environment. Arvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He is also a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board.

Arvai was asked for his reaction to the announcement.

“It doesn’t make much sense on a lot of different levels,” Arvai said. “It’s bewildering because it goes against public opinion. It’s bewildering because it goes against economic principles. I’m left quite shocked.”

Pulling out of the agreement was one of Trump’s campaign promises, but according to Arvai, public opinion strongly supports fighting climate change. Even among Trump voters, he said, there is a “near majority” that understand the need to reduce carbon emissions.

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