Donald Trump's criticisms on climate change are "very disturbing" and "very counterproductive", and he would face uproar if he tried to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, the Secretary-General for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), John Danilovich, told CNBC on Thursday.
The historic Paris climate change agreement adopted by almost 200 countries last December goes into effect this Friday, but political tensions around the accord still remain. In May 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to reverse actions activated by current U.S. incumbent Barack Obama designed to combat climate change, while calling for fewer environmental protocols.
With less than a week until the world finds out whether the U.S. elects Hillary Clinton—who is in favor of COP21—or Trump, it's safe to say the environment's future and the Paris accord are on shaky ground.
"To bash these internationally agreed-upon accords is very counterproductive," Danilovich said on the sidelines of The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference in Paris.
"To extricate ourselves from the Paris agreement would take four years. It's not an easy process."
"So it's something which has to be considered very seriously. I would also think regardless of Donald Trump's comments, that there would be such an uproar were this to come about, that that would not succeed."