A former head of President-Elect #Donald Trump‘s transition team said the incoming administration will likely ignore the Paris Climate Agreement, calling it a “dead letter.”
Mike McKenna, who previously led Trump’s energy transition team, said in an interview the new administration will probably disregard the Paris accord and allow new drilling in the Arctic. And he said the three contentious pipelines being held up by activists will finally get completed.
McKenna has since left the transition team and returned to his former job as a lobbyist. While the Paris accord has a goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, it does not require that countries comply.
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the word ‘treaty’ not be used anywhere, which would then necessitate senate approval. Currently, former Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of the DOE, is slated to be confirmed as its next Energy Secretary.
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) December 13, 2016
Most serious threat
Despite assurances from Trump’s cabinet picks that the U.S. should have a seat at the table when tackling #Climate Change, none consider global warming to be the country’s most immediate threat.
Indeed, even current CIA Chief John Brennan said yesterday during a Fox News Sunday interview the top threats facing the country were from ISIS, cyber-warfare, and Russia. He didn’t mention climate change.