Letter regarding USA withdrawal from Paris climate agreement
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 23:42
At the daily White House press briefing on Friday, one day after the Trump administration withdrew the USA from the Paris climate agreement, Press Secretary Sean Spicer handed the podium to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
But the Paris agreement is not as polarising as other climate change issues, and a recent poll by Yale University found that nearly half of Mr Trump's supporters think the USA should take part in the agreement.
Trump's announcement means the USA will not participate in the voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and will not pay the remaining $2 billion pledged contribution to the worldwide Green Climate Fund.
Trump's announcement sent the issue of climate change - and May's attempts to bolster the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" with the US - to the top of the agenda Friday in campaigning for Britain's June 8 election. The mayors of those cities, however, said they disagreed with Trump's decision.
"I have not talked to the president about his personal views on what is contributing to climate change", the official said.
While cities can't individually sign onto or negotiate major worldwide agreements on climate change, they do have some authority over their own energy use, including setting efficiency standards for building.
It is possible that these countries, particularly developing ones, will become more ambitious in their climate-related pursuits. ". People have called me a climate skeptic or a climate denier".
"Can we stay on topic please?" one official shot back at the press during the briefing, which was held on background.
"What's really happening here is the president may have unwittingly added dynamism to the same actors that have always been the ones that are delivering the reductions to actually do more on their own", he told AFP.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spent a press briefing Friday dodging questions about whether President Trump believes in climate change. "That's the discussion I've been having with the president, so that's been my focus". While $3 billion may sound like a lot of money to most people, for the United States government, which took in some $16.5 trillion in GDP previous year, it's a pretty paltry sum. "And I'm not a believer in man-made global warming", in addition to prior comments calling the phenomenon a "hoax".
Pruitt was asked at least four times by reporters about whether Trump believes in climate change, or thinks it is a danger, and he gave similar responses each time. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions thus appear on other countries' ledgers. "I think Paris was a very good deal for the United States, contrary to what they are claiming". In 2012, the Republican said he believes that climate data is part of an elaborate conspiracy cooked up by China to undermine the American economy.
"It clearly sees this as the future for economic growth", said Alvin Lin, from the Natural Resources Defense Council's Beijing office. "We just do it because it makes life better here!" Yet rather than transitioning away from fossil fuels, we are committed to expanding our oil production.