Trump Administration Could Reverse America's Course On Climate Change

Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt left shakes hands with coal miners during a visit to Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company's Harvey Mine in Sycamore Pa. Thursday

And the agreement requires China and India to cut a higher percentage of their emissions than the U.S.

"There's a misconception that the Trump administration can simply renegotiate the Paris agreement to give the USA a 'better deal, '" Pyle said.

Tillerson's comments seemed to support the idea of staying in the Paris agreement, but McKenna said the US would continue meeting and negotiating with other countries regardless, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

On the worldwide front, the future is still unknown as the Trump administration is reportedly still discussing the potential of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, however no action has been taken to date.

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"While amending the U.S. pledge on Carbon dioxide emissions to undo the economic harm it would have imposed, remain in the Paris Agreement and use USA influence to ensure that fossil energy remains a driver of global prosperity for the foreseeable future while addressing climate concerns", Cloud Peak CEO Colin Marshall wrote in a letter recently sent to Trump.

"It's a bad deal for America", Mr Pruitt continued.

"That may be a winning strategy for the executives at Exxon and other companies, but not for the USA economy as a whole", Pyle said.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has called for America to "exit" the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Ebell, on the other hand, believes Trump should stick to his campaign pledge to "cancel" the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and went into effect past year.

The Trump administration is changing course from the policies of his predecessor in a number of stark ways, perhaps most drastically when it comes to climate change. In light of the recent actions, what previous policies will remain and what will change? Given their apparent support for this agreement, it remains to be seen whether they will push back against Pruitt's remarks, potentially setting the White House up for yet another fight between centrist and conservative elements of the administration. The White House did not confirm on Monday that the meeting would happen.

They added, "We can't help wondering if the thousands of university professors, environmental activists, climatologists and government bureaucrats would be so enthusiastic if it were their jobs that were going to be eliminated".

"Either way, there will be blowback from the global community", Hanafi said.

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The agreement's text specifically allows a country to adjust its greenhouse gas targets if it is "enhancing its level of ambition", but not to reduce promises. Paris opponents plan a deep analysis on those potential legal risks to bolster their case against staying. Some coal companies and Republicans believe Obama's Paris pledge can be substituted with subsidies emissions control technology.


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