Friday, 22 September, 2017

Pence hits media circuit to defend Trump's Paris accord exit

Mike Hodges | 05 June, 2017, 03:21

"It's an absolutely freakish and unprecedented moment in American history", presidential historian Douglas Brinkely told CNNMoney.

Trump said he was willing to begin renegotiating the climate deal "under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers".

Trump cited three states in particular that would benefit: Pennsylvania, Ohio and MI - all of which were key to his electoral college victory.

As a candidate, Trump promised to replace Obamacare with coverage that was better, cheaper, and available to all regardless of income. And while he has been associated with the Republican and Democrat parties, he now considers himself to be an Independent. He is breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

While on the campaign trail, Trump called climate change a "hoax" that was invented by the Chinese.

Pruitt, 49, who stood beside Trump as he announced the decision Thursday, faced a grilling on several Sunday morning shows. That was a priority of evangelicals, who overwhelmingly sided with Trump previous year. But as president, he has hewed to the sharply conservative views of his loyalists. Bloomberg is the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Conway added that Trump thinks the Paris agreement is "too much of a financial burden" on the U.S.

Strictly speaking, the line represented a sleight of hand. I think there is a consensus, not only in the environmental community, but elsewhere that the Paris agreement in and of itself will have a negligible impact on climate, ' the official told reporters at a briefing. And the cities that Trump mentioned weren't ones that he did particularly well in.

"With multiple billions of dollars of innovation, research and development, technology deployment, scale-up and renewables incentives being downsized, that's a big gap, that's a big problem", he said. He put America first.

Baker had said he was disappointed in Trump's decision and committed to promoting clean energy and reduced carbon emissions in MA, but demurred when asked earlier in the day about joining the coalition. Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended".

There was, however, a subtle signal of concern.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement. "It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action".

Wang Yao, vice-president of China's Green Finance Committee, said, "Whatever it brings to the United States, the key thing now is to deal with challenges left by the withdrawal of one of the world's largest emitters".

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