NEIL HAMILTON AM has penned an open letter to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, following the announcement that the USA is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accords.
Mr Hamilton said that it was ‘futile’ and ‘self-defeating’ to be part of the Accords, citing China and India as two nations which will undo any work done as part of the Accords.
He closes the letter by inviting Mr Trump to Wales during his visit to the United Kingdom later this year.
In the letter, Mr Hamilton writes: “As Leader of the UK Independence Party in the National Assembly for Wales, I congratulate you for announcing your intention to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Change Accords.
“You are quite right to put America first. The Paris Accords are futile and self-defeating. They impose massive costs on the USA and UK, whilst allowing some of the worst “polluting” countries to pump out vastly more CO2.
“Even if you accept that mankind has caused the limited global warming recently observed (a debatable hypothesis), the Paris Accords will not lead to a cut in carbon emissions. Quite the opposite – China plans to double its CO2 emissions by 2030 and India will treble hers.
“If we closed down the entire UK economy overnight, the reductions in CO2 emissions would be wiped out by India and China’s increases in a matter of months.
“Thank you for being the first world leader with the understanding and courage to point out that the global warming emperor has no clothes. Thank you for putting the interests of the “ordinary Joe” first. I wish our Government would do the same.”
He continued: “The United Kingdom Independence Party confounded the political elites by bringing about Brexit. Your visionary decision on the Paris Accords gives us the chance to change history again by breaking the consensus on climate change amongst the other main UK political parties.
“Like you, UKIP speaks up for the People against the political elites. We are profoundly grateful to you for your decisive leadership and we are greatly looking forward to your State Visit to the UK later this year. We extend a very warm invitation to you in Wales and hope you may be able to fit in a visit to your fellow Celts here.”
Meanwhile, three leaders – from Plaid Cymru, Welsh Lib Dems and the Greens – have condemned Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the Accords.
Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid, said the president was ‘deeply irresponsible,’ Mark Williams from the Welsh Lib Dems called it ‘environmental vandalism’ and Grenville Ham, leader of the Greens, said he was ‘repaying political favours’.