McKenna 'deeply disappointed' in United States decision to pull out of Paris

Alain Brian
Juin 2, 2017

So a USA withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement would be a disaster exclusively from the standpoint of public health - never mind its effects on global warming and worldwide diplomacy.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said the USA would look to renegotiate the agreement and condemned what he called "draconian" financial and economic burdens imposed by the deal.

The market reaction reflects concerns, raised by some coal companies in recent months, that a US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement could unleash a global backlash against coal interests outside the United States.

In the statement, Obama said he is counting on investors to "step up" and continuing on to a "low-carbon future already chosen by the private sector". China's Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently pledged to work together on environmental issues, including climate change.

Under the Paris framework, the USA voluntarily committed to reducing greenhouse emissions 26-28 percent and contributing $3 billion to help developing combat climate change. The Paris agreement would "undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risk and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world", Trump said.

Reactions from the scientific community were swift.

Friends of the Earth International said "pulling out of the Paris Agreement would make the U.S. a rogue state on climate change". "International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment".

The AGU, a Washington-based non-profit entity that disseminates atmospheric and marine science research, is one of 18 American scientific associations listed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as endorsing assertions that man-made burning of fossil fuels is the primary driver of increasing global temperatures.

The Paris Agreement came into effect in November 2016, after the United States and other major greenhouse gas emitters, including China and India, signed the agreement.

Li Keqiang, China's prime minister, said his country will continue to work with the European Union and other countries to uphold the deal.

Would cost the US economy almost $3 trillion over next several decades.

In his announcement, Trump said he feels a duty to represent Americans in pulling out of the agreement.

"The administration is joining a small handful of nations that reject the future", Obama said in the statement.

"Ignoring reality and leaving the Paris agreement could go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our nation's history, isolating the United States further after Trump's shockingly bad European trip", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse added.

Imposes unrealistic targets on US for carbon emissions, but gives China a free pass, allowing ti to increase emissions until 2030. "If we can't, that's fine". Trump has even dubbed climate change as a hoax.

"It's hard to overstate the negative consequences at home and overseas of this foolish, self-destructive move that will only help boost profits for few of the worst polluters while risking the health of our families and communities".

The US withdrawal from the accord fulfils one of Trump's major campaign promises, and is in line with the America First policy he laid out before being elected president.

Trump's decision to withdraw from the accords is also a win for the darkest and most extreme faction of Trump's administration, nationalists Steve Bannon and White House counsel Don McGahn, and a defeat for globalists such as economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom many hoped would exercise a moderating influence on the intemperate and ill-informed Trump. And if we can, that's great.

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