Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Trump Administration May Not Find Middle Ground on Paris Climate Deal

Trump Administration May Not Find Middle Ground on Paris Climate Deal

Last week, Pruitt, a former Oklahoma Attorney General, said the United States should "exit" the agreement because it was a "bad deal" for the country. "It's possible to provide the energy the world needs while also addressing the climate challenge".

"Finally.Pruitt's decision to extol the virtues of a coal mine flies in the face of everything we know about the science of climate change and the economics of energy policy", Rumper added.

"The Paris agreement pressure machine will trigger blowback every time the president, Congress or future administrations deviate from Obama's emission-reduction promises, hesitate to subsidize green-energy ventures abroad" or fail to adopt more stringent targets, Horner said.

President Donald Trump's top advisers are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss whether the USA should remain in the agreement, Politico reported.

White House officials, led by the National Economic Council, have recently been asking publicly-traded energy companies for advice on whether to stay in the agreement.

According to Politico, Bannon and Pruitt want Trump to withdraw the USA from the agreement, while Kushner and Tillerson stand on the opposite side of the issue.

In a recent op-ed in Investor's Business Daily, Heritage employees Stephen Moore and Timothy Doescher wrote that following through with the climate change promises made under the Obama administration "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power".

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Trump has already moved to dismantle a raft of Obama-era climate policies that would help the US satisfy the commitment it made with more than 190 other nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

"The coal industry was almost devastated by years of regulatory overreach, but with new direction from President [Donald] Trump, we are helping to turn things around for these miners and for many other hardworking Americans", he said. They're expected to decide before a G-7 summit in late May.

But with the Paris accord, China said that, compared to 2005 levels, it would seek to cut its carbon emissions by 60 to 65 percent per unit of GDP by 2030.

"The past administration said we had to choose between the environment and job growth".

Trump may also choose to stay in the agreement and reduce the emissions commitment.

Pruitt's comments increase the likelihood the US will pull out of the agreement, which requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise, as well as regularly report on their progress.

On Monday, liquified natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy sent a letter to George David Banks, who handles global energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement so "the United States can leverage competitive advantages in natural gas and energy technology". Some coal companies and Republicans believe Obama's Paris pledge can be substituted with subsidies emissions control technology.

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