Trump yanks US from Paris climate deal
On Thursday, the US joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations in the world that won’t formally participate in the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures from wreaking havoc on life as we know it, Sputnik reported.
"The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," he said.
The US will pursue a "better deal," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, adding that cutting greenhouse gas emissions is too costly for American companies. Trump said Washington will commence renewed negotiations on a new agreement "if we can, and if we can't, that's fine."
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said.
The source of the bad deal, in the president’s eyes, is that China can steadily grow its carbon footprint until 2030. "They can do whatever they want in 13 years, [but] not us." Under the agreement, Trump said India and China can open new coal plants while the US cannot-even though America's historical use of coal and fossil fuels has contributed a disproportionate amount of carbon gas emissions.
Trump accused the deal of being a "massive redistribution" of American wealth to other poorer nations. The deal "hamstrings" America by giving foreign nations an "economic edge," he said, adding, "that's not going to happen."
The US will cease "all implementation" of the deal, Trump continued, of the "non-binding accord" and "draconian" burdens it imposes. "Compliance could cost 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025," he added. "Believe me, this is not what we need," Trump said.
The president can activate the treaty withdrawal process for the US, but that process will still take four years.