Friday, 16 November, 2018

Does Trump Believe In Climate Change? The White House's Lips Are Sealed

Trump on Thursday said he was formally withdrawing the US from the deal fulfilling a pledge from his 2016 presidential campaign Nikki Haley the US’ Permanent Representative to the UN
Melinda Barton | 06 June, 2017, 04:38

More than 1,200 USA mayors, companies, university presidents and state governors pledged by Monday to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. And the average American is certainly not in a position to be able to carefully evaluate claims about the future impact of the accord on jobs, the budget, the climate and so forth.

President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change. Just as Chinese companies are now training USA coal workers to build wind farms, the rest of the world will continue to work together, and build the markets and workforce of the future. He was a member of the business advisory group, known as the President's Strategic and Policy Forum.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated.

The Paris Agreement essentially says that to control carbon emissions and to limit the rise of the world's temperature, it is necessary to take actions that could affect jobs, technology and finances, among other considerations.

France, Germany and Italy responded to Trump's decision "with regret", and told the President they would not be renegotiating the Paris deal.

Under the accord, the United States promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid to poorer countries by 2020.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will remain on the council, the company said on Friday as it reaffirmed its support for the Paris accord. "When you look at his advisors and associates he has ranging from extremist Brietbart media types to nations like Syria and Nicaragua, then we have to question every decision this president makes".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron urged May to use whatever influence she has to urge Trump to reverse his decision.

The opportunities for China are vast, as it can step into the USA role of providing technology and equipment transfer to developing nations to help them meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.

Other chief executives also issued statements criticizing the decision to withdraw from the accord, including the heads of Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Goldman Sachs and General Electric Co.

Musk first pledged to resign from his advisor position if the US left the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, after a report suggested Trump was expected to withdraw. He said he would consider re-entry if the USA could get a better deal. And we are leading with respect to Carbon dioxide production.

But the White House had to have known it was going to get that question.

Pelosi said, "This is a matter of environmental justice".

Much has been written - in anger and in reflection - on Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate talks late last week, but what is already crystal clear is that the climate deniers - with Trump as their Colonel Custer - have failed in their last stand to halt climate action. In addition, nations - inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses - came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.