Representatives from 196 nations made a historic pact on December 12, 2015, in Paris to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The United States was part of the 196 nations. But on June 1, Donald Trump made a very shocking announcement.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States. We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden.
Withdrawing from this deal is a very lengthy process, estimated to conclude in 2020, the year in which Donald will be up for re-election, ensuring that this topic will become a major topic of debate in the presidential contest.
“The United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord,” Trump said, saying it would include ending the implementation of carbon reduction targets set under Obama and ending contributions to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, which Trump said was “costing the United States a fortune.”
“As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States. The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” he said.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were calling lawmakers, including House and Senate leaders, in the hours leading up to the announcement to get input on his climate decision, a Republican source said.
The President campaigned against the climate agreement last year as a candidate, and those close to him said he was insistent upon fulfilling his promises, despite urging from some members of his own administration to remain in the agreement.
“The agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of the United States and ships them to foreign countries,” Trump said from the Rose Garden. “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”
Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the US commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord, but it seems that the anti-Paris voices had won over.
If more information on the climate control plan comes out, more will come soon on the Cougar Chronicle.