Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord – BBC News


There has been widespread international condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the move “extremely regrettable” and said nothing would stop those who supported the accord.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would “not judge” Mr Trump.

Mr Trump said he was prepared to discuss a new deal but key signatories to the accord quickly ruled that out.

He said the deal “punished” the US and would cost millions of American jobs. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he quipped.

The Paris agreement commits the US and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

Scientists dispute the ‘tiny, tiny’ impact of Paris deal – BBC News


Climate scientists have taken issue with some of the research used by President Trump to bolster his case for withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

The President argued that even if the accord was fully implemented it would only have a “tiny, tiny” impact.

But researchers have told BBC News that the President was “cherry picking in the extreme” in his use of the facts.

They say that the Paris deal could make the difference between tolerable and dangerous levels of warming.

While much of his statement on withdrawal was concerned with the negative economic impact of being part of the Paris agreement, the President also mentioned the negligible impact that the deal would have on temperatures.

Is the Paris climate accord unfair to the U.S.? Putting Trump’s claims in context | PBS NewsHour

JUDY WOODRUFF: We return now to the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

We want to take a closer look at some of the claims President Trump made during his remarks in the Rose Garden yesterday.

William Brangham has that.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: As president, I can put no other consideration before the well-being of American citizens.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: In his announcement yesterday, President Trump gave several reasons why he thought the Paris accord was a bad idea.

The main points the president made was that the Paris accord is unfair to the U.S., that it would hurt American workers, and that it won’t really slow the pace of dangerous climate change.

So, let’s go through some of those claims. The first thing the president said was, we will get out of Paris, but maybe we will strike a better deal.

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Trump administration defends Paris pullout amid outpouring of support for the climate pact | PBS NewsHour

The White House stood firmly by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement on Friday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered an energetic defense, saying the U.S. has nothing to be apologetic about. But the announcement touched off a chorus of protests around the country and abroad. Judy Woodruff reports.

Shields and Brooks on Trump’s climate pact consequences

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jun 2, 2017

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw the United States from a global agreement aimed at curbing climate change-causing carbon emissions.

Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Accord

Democracy Now!

Published on Jun 2, 2017

https://democracynow.org- We host a roundtable discussion on President Trump’s announcement Thursday that he will withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord signed by nearly 200 nations in 2015 and heralded as a rare moment of international collaboration to avert imminent climate disaster. We are joined by Michael Mann, distinguished professor and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University; Kumi Naidoo, South African activist, former head of Greenpeace, now chairperson of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity; Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want; and Antonia Juhasz, oil and energy journalist, author of several books, including “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry—and What We Must Do to Stop It.”