Report: Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal
Caveat: Although Trump made it clear during the campaign and in multiple conversations before his overseas trip that he favored withdrawal, he has been known to abruptly change his mind — and often floats notions to gauge the reaction of friends and aides. On the trip, he spent many hours with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, powerful advisers who back the deal.
Behind-the-scenes: The mood inside the EPA this week has been one of nervous optimism. In a senior staff meeting earlier this week, Pruitt told aides he wanted them to pump the brakes on publicly lobbying for withdrawal from Paris.
Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal – Axios
U.S. President Donald Trump has told “confidants,” including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.
On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of Trump’s expected announcement later in the week. It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.
“I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!” he tweeted on the final day of a Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy at which he refused to bow to pressure from allies to back the landmark 2015 agreement.
The summit of G7 wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled.
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Climate Depot Note: A UN climate agreement that is totally meaningless when it comes to the climate. University of Pennsylvania Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack has also noted: “None of the strategies that have been offered by the U.S. government or by the EPA or by anybody else has the remotest chance of altering climate if in fact climate is controlled by carbon dioxide.”
By Monica ShowalterExcerpt: The U.S. is bringing down its CO2 emissions very well without a European United Nations agency to police them. The fracking revolution and natural gas production can take a bow for that, not the global bureaucrats. FromInvestor’s Business Daily:
As we noted recently, since the 1997 Kyoto Accord, U.S. output of greenhouse gases has plummeted 7.3%, despite U.S. GDP growing by 52% during that time. Our greenhouse gas footprint is shrinking, not growing.
The real purpose of the accord, of course, is to exert control. Socialism, in fact,, if United Nations officials are to be believed. It’s also about killing American jobs, such as coal mining, which the left doesn’t believe should be permitted to exist, while turning a blind eye to third world countries that are still in their industrial stages of development – and which would like to see the U.S. slow down so they can surpass us. Plus it’s a tax on Americans, for us alone to bear. Stephen Moore writes:
Our Heritage Foundation colleague Nick Loris estimates that, over the next decade, the agreement will cost Americans an extra $30,000 per family of four in higher energy prices) and some 400,000 lost jobs (200,000 in manufacturing alone). He likens the Paris Agreement to a $2.5 trillion global tax on American production. So the costs to America would be anything but “symbolic.”
And it’s a vehicle for corruption as well.
The fact is, greenhouse gases come down naturally when an economy develops and environmental standards are naturally put into place as the public demands. If you have doubts on this, fly a plane over the U.S. border with Mexico at the San Diego-Tijuana point. On one side you will see clean air and green hills. On the other, a lot of cement, barren hills, trash dumps and smog. Hong Kong and Shenzhen present similar pictures.
The U.S. in fact is a world leader at keeping greenhouse gas emissions down, topping its quotas set in the Kyoto Protocol. Europe, by contrast, isn’t so terribly good at it, just as it isn’t good at fulfilling its European Union monetary quotas or its NATO dues quotas. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the Bonn, Germany-based agency that is out there to monitor the Paris accord, Germany is going to have a bad time fulfiling its voluntary quota of dropping greenhouse gas emissions 40%. The reason isn’t hard to understand, either. In scrapping its clean nuclear energy for ‘green’ reasons, it has since turned to other ‘green’ devices such as electrical cars – which require vast amounts of coal to supply the electricity. Good luck with that strategy on bringing down greenhouse gases. It shows the essential unseriousness about climate change as an environmental issue. Yet Europe still thinks it has a right to regulate us (and that’s who is going to be doing it) through the Paris accord.
Is there any good reason to remain in this fraudy, job-killing, junk science accord? There really isn’t. That’s why President Trump’s decision, if true, is so welcome. He ran on this as a campaign promise and if it’s a promise fulfilled, it’ll be a great thing to see his poll numbers rise as a result.
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