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Astronauts latest to criticize Trump’s decision to ditch Paris Climate Agreement

Scott Kelly from Space

(Photo/Astronaut Scott Kelly)

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has attracted condemnation from many. However, two of his harshest critics have seen the effects of climate change from a unique perspective, nearly 250 miles above planet Earth.

In addition to dozens of world leaders, Astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Scott Kelly have lambasted Trump for pulling out of the agreement, which makes the U.S. one of just three countries that have not committed.

Pesquet, who returned from the International Space Station on June 2, tweeted: “I took the Paris Agreement to the ISS: from space, climate change is very real. Some could probably use the view #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain.”

Kelly was also quick to respond.

“Withdrawing from the #ParisAgreement will be devastating to our planet. Paris and Pittsburgh share the same environment after all,” Kelly tweeted, referring to the speech in which Trump said his commitment is first and foremost to American cities.

Trump announced on June 1 that he intended to pull out of the agreement, citing his responsibility to protect America and its citizens.

He vowed to renegotiate “fair” terms for the U.S. before re-entering the Paris agreement or any new agreements.

Though, in a joint statement from Germany, France and Italy, leaders said there would be no renegotiation.

“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies," it read.

Despite the official position of the U.S., more than 75 cities from Los Angeles to New York have pledged to uphold their support for the original agreement. The accord aims to keep the global temperature from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels over the course of the next century.