Why Concerns About Trump's Paris Accord Pullout Are Overblown
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:15
Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump's chief economist Gary Cohn, pressed Trump to alter the U.S. commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord. "We can not afford to disregard the health and well-being of future generations and the overwhelming evidence that humans are the leading contributors to climate change". Lindsey Graham had said he hoped Trump would not take the USA out of the deal.
"I tell you firmly tonight: We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord".
"Don't be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B".
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticised the announcement, tweeting that the withdrawal was "a seriously wrong decision".
The president can slow the pace at which the country moves towards renewable energy, but he can't stop it from happening, Boykoff said.
"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk", he wrote. "The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration".
The pair have confirmed they still believe Australia's targets under the agreement are achievable. And during the campaign he would commonly say different groups of people were laughing at the United States.
US allies around the world have expressed concern about what will happen if America pulls out of the agreement.
"Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now", said UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, underscoring that there is incredible momentum on climate action and a single political decision will not derail this unparalleled effort.
President Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement is the final straw for Elon Musk, who has just quit his White House advisory role. The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord.
Before Trump even finished his full address, President Obama issued a statement opposing the withdrawal.
He slammed the decision to withdraw saying the move would see the United States "reject the future".
Despite a worldwide effort to urge Trump to remain a part of the agreement - including pressure from 195 nations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and even Ivanka Trump - the President ultimately sided with the conservatives who said the agreement will not Make America Great Again.
The pact is aimed at combating climate change around the world and helping nations adapt to its effects by requiring countries to present plans to reduce carbon emissions. Rand Paul from Kentucky recently joined 20 other US senators in signing a letter to the president also encouraging withdrawal.
"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", Obama said.
Trump said the agreement hurts the USA economy and American workers.
"Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord".