According to a former Trump aide, the President intends to pull out of the Paris Agreement any day now.
The Paris Agreement is a international pact in which nations who have signed and ratified it agree to lessen their respective carbon emissions for the purpose of averting a global warming disaster.
The United States – who along with China are the largest carbon-emitting countries in the world – signed the agreement last year in September.
The global agreement has little to do with stopping a climate apocalypse, and mostly to do with the world’s nations divesting themselves of fossil fuels and getting all of them to invest in green energy. Having the world dump their financial resources into the green industry would make some politicians and celebrities very rich. It would also make a lot of citizens around the world – including the U.S. – very poor.
Myron Ebell, who helped the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency transition, told reporters that Trump was “determined” to undo Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.
“I expect Donald Trump to be very assiduous in keeping his promises, despite all of the flak he is going to get from his opponents,” Ebell said, according to London’s The Independent. “He could do it by executive order tomorrow, or he could wait and do it as part of a larger package. There are multiple ways and I have no idea of the timing.”[…]
Pulling out of the Paris deal might be the more difficult route. A Trump transition official told Reuters last year the administration could opt to pull out of the 1992 parent treaty of the deal – which would void the U.S.’ involvement in both agreements.
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who helped broker the Paris agreement, told Reuters he hoped Trump would agree to keep the U.S. in the deal.
“I wouldn’t hide that in discussion with our partners; there is a lot of anxiety over future U.S. policies.
“If the (U.S) administration decides to go in a different direction, I think sooner or later they will have to come back to the realization that climate change is happening.”
Any country that leaves the Paris deal would have to wait four years to get back in.
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