President Trump continues to get political mileage out of his move to exit the 2015 Paris climate accord. In a massive snub to the international climate movement, as well as to his German host, Trump won the war of words in the G20 leaders’ declaration issued Saturday from Hamburg:
“We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The United States of America announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.”
This is a huge blow to the ruling climate alliance that has tried to bully America into abiding by the Paris Pact, which President Obama signed but the Senate never ratified. In the past month, since Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that the United States would pull out of the agreement, many world leaders have spoken out. Germany, France, and Italy issued a rare joint statement on June 1, claiming the Paris agreement was “irreversible” and “cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies.”
French president Emmanuel Macron went a step further, telling “all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second home.” Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney even expressed his disappointment, tweeting that “affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader.” (Just a gentle reminder of how the Romney wing of the party would have handled this differently.)
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As if the acknowledgment on Paris wasn’t enough of a twist of the knife, the communiqué also states the United States will help other nations “access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently,” a concession that will surely outrage global climate peddlers and profiteers while shoring up Trump’s base at home.
Last month, during a White House press briefing, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the United States will embark on an era of “energy dominance,” and this seems to be part of that plan. It’s hard to overstate how much of a departure this is from the previous administration, as well as a total rejection of the global groupthink about the evils of fossil fuels.
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