Donald Trump withdraws US from Paris climate agreement


Trump’s announcement has resulted in an outpouring of two very opposing views from conservative US government officials who support Trump’s decision and international climate groups, EU leaders, scientists and others who have strongly opposed his decision.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), gathered comment from several sources which indicate that there are mixed views around Trump’s announcement, which he made in a speech from the White House Rose Garden yesterday.

According to the AAAS,  “Trump made a largely economic case for withdrawing from the agreement, arguing the nonbinding accord was unfair to American workers and US competitiveness (points many economists fiercely dispute).

“At the same time, Trump said he was open to beginning ‘negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an—really entirely new transaction—on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.'”

The AAAS said that Trump did not provide any detail on what the new agreement would look like.

Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, told AAAS, “President Trump’s speech was confused nonsense.

“He announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, while also launching negotiations to re-enter the Agreement. But the Agreement states that no country can withdraw within three years of it coming into force, and the process of withdrawal takes a further year to complete. That means the United States cannot complete withdrawal from the Paris Agreement before 5 November 2020, the day after the next Presidential election in the United States. So Mr. Trump will not have withdrawn from the Agreement within this Presidential term.”

In Trump’s camp, commenting on the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, said: “The Paris accord ‘was neither submitted to nor ratified by the US Senate, and is not in the best long term economic interest of the United States. President Trump’s decision will prove to be the right course of action and one I fully support.'”

New agreement?

Another report by CNN,  states that “foreign leaders, business executives and Trump’s own daughter, Ivanka, lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.”

Trump responded by saying, “I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” He added: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
The CNN report adds that “the leaders of France, Italy and Germany indicated in a joint statement that the US could not unilaterally renegotiate the agreement. The UN body that facilitated the deal said it ‘cannot be renegotiated based on the request of a single party.'”
Former president Barack Obama, wrote that “Trump’s decision would leave American workers behind those in countries who remain a part of the agreement,” said CNN.
Obama reportedly wrote: “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created,” Obama wrote. “I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up.”
Elon Musk too reacted to Trump’s announcement, by saying that he would resign from White House councils as a result of his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement.
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