White House Considers Breaking Trump’s Promise To Withdraw From The Paris Agreement

The White House is still deciding whether or not it will honor one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises regarding energy policy — to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

“Trump’s advisers have not yet fleshed out a detailed position on whether the U.S. should stay in the Paris agreement,” a source told Politico. The agreement, which was spearheaded by the Obama administration, entered into force November, 2016.

The source said “[s]ome advisers have argued the U.S. should pull out altogether, a process that would take years under the agreement’s rules” while “[o]thers favor staking out a middle ground, perhaps by staying in the agreement and rewriting the emissions reduction targets that Obama set.”

President Barack Obama pledged to cut U.S. emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, largely through his “Climate Action Plan” — a sweeping regulatory agenda targeting emissions from power plants, appliances, vehicles and energy production.

Not everyone is dismayed at news of dissent within the Trump administration over the Paris agreement.

“President Trump has made clear he want to keep his campaign promises,” Myron Ebell, the director of energy policy at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) who also worked for Trump’s transition team.

“Every administration is going to have these dissenting voices. So far president Trump has been a stand-up guy about keeping his promises,” Ebell told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Trump also promised to roll back Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” and is readying an executive order to rescind major regulations impacting coal mines and coal-fired power plants as soon as next week.

But news reports surrounding the planned order have Paris agreement opponents worried.

Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, reportedly intervened to get language critical of Paris stripped from the order.

Kushner and Ivanka “intervened to strike language about the climate deal from an earlier draft of the executive order,” sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Ivanka and her husband “have been considered a moderating influence on the White House’s position on climate change and environmental issues,” WSJ reports.

Trump promised supporters he would withdraw from the Paris agreement.

“We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs,” Trump told energy industry representatives in a May, 2016, campaign speech in North Dakota.

“President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords ‚Äì unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress,” Trump said. “This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America.”

The White House originally planned to include language in Trump’s pending energy executive order designating the Paris agreement a “treaty,” even though it was never ratified by the Senate, according to those familiar with the matter.

Trump did say he’d keep an “open mind” on the Paris agreement in a New York Times interview after winning the election in November and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers he supported staying in the Paris agreement during his confirmation hearing.

The executive order is not expected to mention the Paris agreement, despite Trump’s campaign pledge to “cancel” the agreement.

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    Amber

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    He will bail because his daughter and son in law say so and the want to be liked factor
    is just a little to high .
    Take it to the bank .
    $$Billions stolen from taxpayers and not a peep but Conway sitting on her knees on a couch is a crisis.
    The public has figured out that what is bringing the country down is government that
    is in a constant civil war without lead flying . It will break the country .

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    G

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    Quoting from the article:
    The source said “[s]ome advisers have argued the U.S. should pull out altogether, a process that would take years under the agreement’s rules” while “[o]thers favor staking out a middle ground, perhaps by staying in the agreement and rewriting the emissions reduction targets that Obama set.”

    The agreement’s “rules” are worth nothing more than the paper they’re written on. Just because Obama was willing to surrender America’s sovereignty and give away our economy to global socialist despots doesn’t mean that his actions can’t be immediately reversed.

    The Paris agreements were a corrupt sham from the beginning and the United States has no obligation to “honor” Obama’s past unilateral dictates toward a deceitful plan.

    I wish Ivanka would grow up and put this enviro-dreamer stuff behind her. There is a much used and widely credited phrase that goes something like this:
    “If a man is not a Socialist at 20 be has no heart, but if he remains one at 30 he has no head.”
    Regardless of its source, it seems to apply ti Ivanka.

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    Sonnyhill

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    There’s some hard lessons in life but if you don’t learn from them, “life will kill you”. (Warren Zevon) Only people who gain your trust can let you down. Question authority. The best politicians are confidence men. President Trump is not a politician. Apparently 49% of Americans figured it out. I call that progress.

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    David Lewis

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    Since the US Senate never ratified the Paris Treaty, the United States was never part of the treaty and is under no obligation to follow it. We can and should change our policies to emphasize inexpensive energy generation and prosperity. This includes dismantling the Clean Power Plan.

    However, since Obama signed the Paris Treaty, other nations are willing to have us as part of future negotiations. We should take advantage of this and not announce an official withdrawal from a treaty that we were never part of.

    Working from the inside is much more effective than trying to make changes from the outside. The United States has an incredible opportunity if we are smart enough to take it. The Paris treaty was agreed on in part due to the fraudulent data presented by NOAA, a United States government department. What we should do is retain our seat at the table and in COP23 apologize for the past fraud. Then atone ourselves by presenting honest data. This would not support the need for the Paris Treaty.

    Data undermining the need for the Paris Treaty would not sway those at the conference or their governments. These people only want their hidden agendas within the climate change agenda to come to pass. However, the presentation of honest data would make it harder for governments with climate austerity plans to get re-elected.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Smart. I thought Tillerson and Ivanka Trump wanted to keep in touch with the climate crew. Would they confront the IPCC with proof of fraud? Maybe not, but President Trump would.

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      G

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      Well thought David. Being firm but strategic uses the system itself to foil these global scam artists.

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      amirlach

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      I see where your coming from David Lewis, but I do not see the need for the US to remain on the “inside” simply to be able to negotiate. As the US is the largest player, the whole thing collapses without them. Trump knows they will have to negotiate on his terms in any event. I don’t see it as an either in or out situation, but rather as who holds the high ground. Much like NATO and the UN, it is nothing without the US doing the heavy lifting.

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        Sonnyhill

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        Let it implode? The same tactic has been prescribed for Obamacare. Neglect never fixed anything. Do it right and educate people at the same time.

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    Amber

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    Cancel the Paris Agreement Executive Order because it was a sleazy way to by pass Congress . Then put an actual bill forward which will never pass . All this pussy footing around , which is what David Lewis is advocating , will do nothing but keep the con game going till Democrats hopeful next win . They can then claim the USA is still party to the Paris Agreement and retroactively pay $Billions that President Trump is not going to pay .
    No disrespect intended but David Lewis advice sounds like something being spoon fed Ivanka so the Republicans can remain politically correct around a document
    Obama was too cowardly to try and get approved by Congress .
    Don’t forget Obama sent the UN at least a $Billion dollars already based on an
    Agreement , purposely not called a Treaty to weasel out from the obligation to have it approved by Congress .
    Davis Lewis is likely correct in saying new (honest ) data will not sway those attending those conference or their governments so who gives a shit what they think .
    They don’t want the truth anyway .
    Cancel the USA participation in the fraud labeled the Paris Agreement . If the USA does what many other countries already know the $ Trillion dollar Globalization
    con game thing will collapse like a cheap tent .
    Who cares about having a place at a table of rent seeking professional con artists .
    They could care less if the NOAA numbers are utter made up rubbish they were just necessary to market the scam that the rent seekers were using to get fools in the USA and other “have ” countries to write cheques .
    Being oh so clever and having a seat at the Climate Con-men table will do nothing but further the scam .
    If Trump bails on his promise to have the USA exit the Paris Agreement then you forget “Drain the Swamp ” he will in it .

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    Sonnyhill

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    Obama wrote a cheque and he is not a fool. His followers and voters are. Amber, this is a trial in the court of public opinion. You don’t win by stomping out. You stay in to win. All the wise-ass con artists paint President Trump as a buffoon. He has the truth behind him. Why quit? Pick the data voodoo doctors off then the scam will be undone.

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    Amber

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    I don’t think stopping out is a fair depiction but I believe the Trump family insiders are calling the shots so if I understand your point they plan on bailing on an election promise . Just wish to understand did you support that election pledge ?

    Just to be clear I don’t ever suggest quitting I just don’t think pretending the facts
    properly presented as in (NOAA fudged the numbers ) will have any effect at all other than a hollow moral victory . When dealing with religious fanatics and con men the facts mean nothing and many in the general public still think the earth has a fever with polar bears dying by the thousands .
    The Democrats no they are screwed on this issue so they just want to punt the ball and keep the con going till Trump implodes . Bailing on election promises is a sure way to do it .
    Despite sincerely hoping Trump is successful doesn’t it seem a bit weird that his relatives are in all these meetings and photo ops ? Meeting with Gore and Dicaprio ?
    Not a good sign with all do respect .
    I will be happy to be wrong but my bet is this is the start of a long list of climb downs .

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    Sonnyhill

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    During the election, global warming / climate change was way down the list of voters’ concerns. Why jump on the band wagon now? To impress your daughter and her hoity toity friends? Even if it got you some votes in NY and Cali next time around it would be a net loss overall. What I consider a climb down would be dumping carbon-based legislation and taxation on the individual states.It’s a wet blanket wherever it lands.

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    Amber

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    Sounds like we are more or less on the same page SONNYHILL as usual .I don’t think it will take long to find out if butter cup is going to get her new pony .

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      Sonnyhill

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      Debate is good for democracy.

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    David Lewis

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    All of the above comments are excellent. In addition to the points I made where it might be good to stay in the Paris Agreement (for the US it is not a treaty), there are some excellent points as to why it makes sense to leave it.

    Amber has a good point in that if we haven’t withdrawn a future Democrat president might claim that we owe the missed payments to the green climate fund.

    I will like to expand on Amirlach’s point, “As the US is the largest player, the whole thing collapses without them.” I read many articles written by the alarmists and their big fear is if the US leaves the Paris Agreement, other nations will follow. That could set a trend especially if there was honest data being published.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Stay in the agreement, then fudge the books so that America’s CO2 production returns to 1990’s levels. Sounds fair to me.

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