Trump and the Paris Climate Accord

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The Straight Scoop:

  • On June 1st, 2017 President Trump officially withdrew the US from the Paris climate accord.
  • He did leave open the possibility to renegotiate terms of the Paris accord, or other agreement, on “terms that are fair to the United States”.
  • It will take 4 years to officially pull out of the agreement.
  • President Obama originally signed the Paris agreement in April 2016, along with 170 other nations.
  • The Paris agreement was drafted to combat global warming, by reducing the use of petroleum based energy sources, like oil, coal, and natural gas, in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
  • At the time it was ratified, the Obama administration announced plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 percent to 28 percent compared to 2005 levels.
  • Although President Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement, the US still has a permanent seat to engage with other countries at the Conferences of Parties, by being part of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), which is the same group that signed the Paris agreement.
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The Left Spin
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  • “Mr. Trump’s decision is a remarkable rebuke to fellow heads-of-state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff”(NY Times)
  • “the US could face serious diplomatic repercussions for leaving. Europe, China, and other countries could threaten to withhold cooperation on other issues the US cares about. In the most extreme scenario, other countries could threaten to impose carbon tariffs on the US, sparking a trade war.”(Vox)
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The Right Spin
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  • Rand Paul: “I think it would be terrible for our country. We have the potential of losing 6 million jobs and it would cost $3 trillion.” (Breitbart)
  • Nick Loris estimates that, over the next decade, the agreement will cost Americans an extra $30,000 per family of four in higher energy prices and some 400,000 lost jobs (200,000 in manufacturing alone).He likens the Paris Agreement to a $2.5 trillion global tax on American production.”(Heritage Foundation)
  • International negotiations have centered on placing the economic burden of addressing climate change on a few dozen developed countries while asking little or nothing from more the 150 developing countries. But the primary source of GHG emissions is increasingly the developing world, most notably from large developing economies such as China and India. (Heritage Foundation)
  • Using the same climate sensitivity…the IPCC assumes in its modeling, the world would only be 0.137 degrees Celsius cooler by 2100 if the U.S. cut its CO2 emissions by 100 percent. (Heritage Foundation)
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