Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate deal

Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate deal, by The Australian.

Well done Sir. Too many politicians did not have the calculations checked or could not see thorough the nonsense.

Mr Trump said today that the US would abandon the 195-nation Paris agreement – a move he argued would unshackle US industry, create jobs and cut the cost of living.

He said that he would immediately begin negotiations on a new deal. Speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, he said: “So we’re getting out – but we’ll start negotiations and we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair. I can’t in good consciousness support a deal that punishes the United States.”

US Vice-President Mike Pence said Mr Trump was “putting the forgotten men and women of America first”.

Mr Trump’s fulfilment of a campaign pledge threatened to leave him isolated on the world stage. …

The Paris agreement was hailed by Barack Obama in 2015 as “a turning point for our planet”. Almost 200 countries, including Australia, agreed to limit emissions in an effort to contain climate change.

On the campaign trail Mr Trump promised to quit Paris, claiming that the accord would cost jobs. Conservative think tanks in Washington have argued that the pact would lead the US to suffer a $US2.5 trillion loss to GDP by 2035, and that average US households would be out of pocket by $US1000 a year. …

Mr Trump went against the advice of his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, his daughter, Ivanka, and the Pope. All had implored him to stick with the Paris agreement. Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, had called the White House on Wednesday to urge the president to rethink. Supporters of the accord included the oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP. …

In 2015 Mr Obama committed the US to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to at least 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025. The conservative Heritage Foundation think tank estimated that the deal would, by 2040, cost 200,000 US manufacturing jobs.

It also argued that China, the world’s largest polluter, regularly falsified emissions data. Mitch McConnell, the senior Republican in the Senate, and 21 of his party colleagues in the chamber wrote to Mr Trump last week urging him to pull out. Most of the senators who signed were from states tied to the coal, oil and gas industries.

Dr Benny Peiser comments:

The Paris climate agreement was pushed through against the declared will of America’s elected representatives. US leaders and critics had warned international leaders repeatedly that the US Senate rejected Obama’s deal and that a Republican president would shred it to pieces. Now the Paris accord faces the same fate as the Kyoto Protocol, which also ended in failure.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Stephen Neil, Charles