US Secretary of Defense Says Trump Is Open to Climate Change

Alvin Kelly
June 10, 2017

President Donald Trump, who once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax, said in a tweet Saturday that he would make his "final decision" this coming week on whether the United States stays in or leaves the 2015 Paris climate change accord in which almost every nation agreed to curb its greenhouse gas emissions.

"It would be taken as a statement that climate change is not a problem; is not real", said Graham, who has previously spoken about climate change being caused by humans.

President Donald Trump has privately told "confidants" he intends to leave the Paris accord on climate change, "according to three sources with direct knowledge", Axios reported Saturday.

Most reports out of this week's G7 summit saw Trump at odds with the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

While the White House's attack on domestic climate action already undermines the global effort to avert climate catastrophe, we shouldn't discount the importance of a USA withdrawal from Paris - especially if Trump teams with Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the whole global negotiating process. This position was widely condemned both by environmentalists in the United States and leaders of other nations, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing the outcome as "very unsatisfactory", noting that the other six members of the G7 stood against the United States on this point.

"And so my argument today is that it is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement - and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition".

Trump met Tuesday morning with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss the Paris climate agreement, press secretary Sean Spicer said.

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Ironically, even Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort could be submerged in 30 years time if climate change goes unaddressed.

"And as soon as possible, President Trump should act on - and keep - his campaign promise".

Tillerson's former employer Exxon Mobil, along with dozens of other USA firms, have also been proponents of remaining in the agreement.

President Trump's actions to revitalise the coal industry in the United States and to de-regulate oil and gas are unlikely to rapidly increase emissions before 2030 says the study from the Climate Action Tracker. The thinking is that the White House doesn't want Pruitt to steal the spotlight from what it would see as a win for the president. Conservative Republicans in Congress have also begun a pressure campaign as Trump prepares his final decision, urging him to withdraw. "I hope they decide in the right way".

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, in comments to be aired fully in a TV interview Sunday, said Trump-famously skeptical of global warming-is now "wide open" on the issue.

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.

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