'President Trump believes the climate is changing': Ambassador Haley

18 June, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in New Zealand next week

Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman says he supports President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. The two wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry saying that maintaining the commitment to the agreement and to USA leadership on climate change will help protect future generations. Trump argued that the nonbinding agreement imposed "draconian financial and economic burdens on our country" and predicted it would cost Americans millions of jobs and the USA economy trillions of dollars - a stance critics quickly noted did not consider the health benefits from cutting emissions and the potential economic benefits of investments in clean energy.

Oliver pointed out that the major goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep CO2 below what is known as the world's "carbon budget" because if we fail to limit the temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, studies show that things get potentially irreversible - leading to longer droughts and more intense heat waves that would affect the world food supply.

Tillerson had reportedly been among the advisors encouraging Trump to remain in the deal, arguing that staying in was good for USA business while leaving would isolate the United States internationally.

"I don't know in which circumstances he gave the statement but I hope that the U.S. will rethink the issue", the Minister said.

A day after controversial US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of Paris climate accord, world leaders have pledged to save the earth signalling their commitment to the accord. Leaders of 211 cities have declared themselves "Climate Mayors" and promised to work toward the Paris targets.

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Opponents of the pullout - said to include Trump's daughter Ivanka - had warned that Washington's global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment.

However he was dismissive of European leaders' concerns, insisting their goal in opposing a new deal was to damage the USA economy.

"The rest of the world wanted to tell us how to do it". And you know why? "I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage". "If we had gone down this path, and done what the Europeans wanted us to do, we would have been increasingly non-competitive on manufacturing".

Trump's administration will begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris agreement, a move that will not be completed until 2020, at the same time as he is expected to be engaged in a re-election campaign.

"Our administration looks forward to continued, bipartisan collaboration with other states to protect the environment, grow the economy and deliver a brighter future to the next generation", Baker said in a statement.

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