Trump Administration Seeks to Avoid Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

“See, these people only want what is best for Americans…You can trust them.” 

Trump’s instincts were right on this to begin with. Or maybe they were Steve Bannon’s. Either way they were correct. The Paris Climate Accords should not include the US. We should not agree to the system of global income redistribution (sure to go to cronies in the “developing world”) that is embedded in this “climate” accord.

Climate change is an issue that should be explored and considered. In this country our carbon emissions have trended down generally since 2009 and that is a good thing. Unfortunately the people pushing massive regulation at a global level are the last people the American people should trust. And so re-entering negotiations with people like this should be done with extreme caution. We hope that Tillerson and the President are setting up bowling pins here. Which is possible. However we are also concerned that Tillerson’s former firm, Exxon, supported a carbon tax. (It was a way of holding back competitors and a way of buying off certain activists. They thought/think.)

And it must be said, though there are issues with groundwater, it is FRACKING, that’s right horrible FRACKING, that has led the way toward lower carbon emissions in this country and now the world. That blows some enviro minds. And we say this as deeply committed free market enviros.

(From The Wall Street Journal)

“There has been no change in the U.S.’s position on the Paris agreement,” said deputy press secretary  Lindsay Walters. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the U.S. is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”

Multiple participants at the Montreal gathering said White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat’s approach, though it is likely to entail a significant reduction in the U.S.’s ambition to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, fueled optimism among proponents of the Paris deal. Since Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January, officials from China to the EU and Canada have tried to convince his administration that fighting climate change is also a boon for the economy and jobs, and not just an ideological battle.

“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy  Miguel Arias Cañete  said.

“We are pleased the U.S. continues to engage and recognize the economic opportunity of clean growth, including clean energy,” said Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

In announcing the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the 195-nation agreement at the White House in June, Mr. Trump said he was ready to “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an—really entirely new transaction—on terms that are fair to the U.S., its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

“So we’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair,” he added. “And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.”…

…Whether or not the U.S. opts to stay, the country’s emissions of greenhouse gases are widely predicted to continue declining, as gas power replaces coal, helped by bountiful supplies of cheap natural gas. The declining cost of renewable power, including wind and solar, is also forecast to play a role in reducing emissions.

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