Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add U.S. jobs
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 21:16
The agreement was reached by almost 200 countries in 2015, the first global climate accord to include that many nations.
Three weeks ago in an open letter to Trump, MacLennan and 3M CEO Inge Thulin joined 28 other powerful USA corporate leaders who said the 195-nation agreement to limit man-made climate change would help American companies become more efficient and competitive.
What is not yet clear is whether Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based. They include Apple, Google and Walmart.
Other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favour staying in the treaty.
While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.
"The science is beyond doubt", he said.
"President Trump's decision sends a strong message to the environmentalist movement: no longer will the United States be strong armed by their scare tactics meant to harm our economy and inhibit economic growth", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, a conservative political action group, said in a statement.
According to the Yale survey, conducted jointly in November with Virginia's George Mason University, 56 percent of Kentuckians supported USA participation in the Paris Agreement. He is set to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports remaining in the deal. For example, there are no sanctions if the United States breaks its promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. "We need to keep building on the progress we've made to combat climate change and boost clean energy, not roll it back".
Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on Saturday in Sicily that the president had told his fellow G7 leaders that "the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump" - but voiced his concern that the USA was falling behind India and China in manufacturing.
"It also makes the United States an outlier among the world's nations, almost all of whom support the climate change accord", it said. Rather, it made clear that cooperation on climate change, not isolation, was the best way to create jobs and make the US globally competitive.
The UNFCCC has almost universal membership and provides the underlying framework for global cooperation to combat climate change.
He also said U.S. states were leading on climate action, including Republican stronghold Texas.
Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines.
Since taking office on January 20, however, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, on climate change but also on the wider issue of the United States' role in the world and their relation to multilateralism. Supporters of the deal say it's not an either-or choice. And Musk tweeted Wednesday that he has "done all I can to advise directly to" Trump. Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth.
The exit of the United States after China would apparently weaken the strength of the deal and make the way for other countries to withdraw from it. The main driver of the reduction was Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would have closed coal-fired power plants.