Trump Announces He’s Pulling the U.S. Out of the Paris Climate Agreement

Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Climate Change, Environment with 0 Comments
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By The Guardian

Today, President Trump officially announced that the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris accord, saying that it “is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” Trump says.


Trump says the agreement blocks the development of clean coal. “And the mines are starting to open up. We’re having a big opening,” he says.

Then he says Paris would have outlawed US coal but allowed China and Indian coal.

“In short the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of the United States.” Coal jobs, and the role of coal in US energy production, were long gone before the Paris deal.

Trump says the Paris deal would cost the US economy $3tn in lost GDP.

Then Trump says he’s backing out of the deal owing to his environmental conscience:

As someone who cares deeply about the environment, as I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which harms the United States, which it does.

Tom Steyer, the environmental activist and Democratic mega-donor, vowed retribution for Trump’s action.
“The Trump Administration has just committed assault and battery on the future of the American people,” Steyer, who serves as the president of the advocacy group NextGen Climate, said in a statement.
“By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump is betraying the moral, political, and economic leadership position America has achieved over centuries at the cost of American lives. Yet the voice of the people remains the most powerful force in the land, and we will be heard.”

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Brian Deese, a former senior adviser to Barack Obama who led the previous administration’s efforts on climate, said Trump’s decision marked a retreat from “a total global consensus” on the need to combat global warming.
“The diplomatic blowback will be significant,” he said, while pointing to the widespread support for the Paris accord among every one of America’s key allies.
“Diplomacy is a give and take,” Deese added.
“The next time the United States is looking for partnership, a lot of these countries will legitimately say when it came to an issue we cared about, you weren’t there for us.” And that’s a meaningful thing.”

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer described Trump’s decision as “a devastating failure of historic proportions.”
“Future generations will look back on President Trump’s decision as one of the worst policy moves made in the 21st century because of the huge damage to our economy, our environment and our geopolitical standing,” Schumer said in a statement.
“Pulling out of the Paris agreement doesn’t put America first, it puts America last in recognizing science, in being a world leader and protecting our own shore line, our economy and our planet,” he added. “It’s now crystal clear President Trump is comfortable both ceding the moral high ground and the economic upper hand to countries like China, and endangering the future of our planet.”

Read more at the Guardian here…

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