“I’m not a believer in man-made global warming,” says Trump.
Three cheers for Trump!
In an interview with Reuters, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump threw climate alarmists into a tizzy by saying he would renegotiate the conditions for America’s involvement in the United Nations’ global climate accord reached in Paris in December 2015.
It’s no secret Trump is a climate skeptic. In an appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Trump said, “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. I mean, Obama thinks it’s the number-one problem of the world today, and I think it’s very low on the list – we have much bigger problems.” Trump is also no fan of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on the stump promising to cut its budget dramatically and review all its regulations, eliminating many because, Over-regulation presents one of the greatest barriers to entry into markets and one of the greatest costs to businesses that are trying to stay competitive.
Trump’s views on the Paris climate treaty thus should come as little surprise. “I will be looking at that [the Paris climate agreement] very, very seriously, and at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum,” the billionaire developer told Reuters.
“[T]hose agreements are one-sided agreements and they are bad for the United States,” Trump said, adding he does not believe China, the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, would adhere to its pledge under the Paris deal.
“Not a big fan because other countries don’t adhere to it, and China doesn’t adhere to it, and China’s spewing into the atmosphere.”
The Obama administration pledged a 26 to 28 percent domestic reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025 compared to 2005, while China’s emissions will continue to grow unabated at least until 2030, when it believes its emissions will plateau.
The United States is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. If Trump pulls the United States out of the agreement, it could mean the end of the accord.
Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who helped broker the deal, said in early May the U.S. election was critical to the agreement’s future. “If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption,” Fabius said.
Built into the Paris agreement is a provision meant to keep countries in the accord in the event a new government comes in and wants to withdraw. The clause says any nation wanting to withdraw will first have to wait four years.
However, no country is bound by the agreement unless it actually legally adopts the accord – that is, until the accord has been ratified by the country’s government body. Congress has not ratified the Paris accord, and so the United States can drop out.
In addition, since there are no legally binding penalties for not adopting or dropping out of the treaty, or for a country missing its climate targets, moral suasion is the only tool member countries would have to keep in the Paris agreement countries that wish to withdraw.
Good luck with that!
— H. Sterling Burnett
Reprinted by permission of Climate Change Weekly #214
Entitled: “TRUMP WOULD RENEGOTIATE
PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT IF PRESIDENT”
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