When Trump threatens, the U.S. doesn’t back down: Fox News
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A little more than a week after the U-turn on his initial policy, President Donald Trump on Monday night made good on his threat to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
“If China doesn’t make a deal, we’re going to withdraw,” Trump said.
“We’re going pull out.”
The Paris agreement was negotiated in December 2015, and Trump had pledged to pull the U in as soon as he got elected, but later backed away from that pledge and pledged to renegotiate it after he takes office.
In the meantime, the United States has agreed to reduce emissions to the levels needed to reduce the rise in global temperatures that scientists say will lead to catastrophic climate change.
Trump’s tweet that he would withdraw from the agreement was a signal that the U, once again, is retreating from a climate deal that would help reduce emissions and save the world from dangerous climate change, said David Roberts, an associate professor of atmospheric science at George Washington University and director of the Climate Science Center at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The U.N. is a member of the climate accord, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has also been a major driver of global climate action.
Trump has been criticized for withdrawing from the Paris agreement, and some Republicans have suggested he should apologize to the world for not fulfilling his pledge to keep it in place.
Roberts, however, thinks that the decision to pullout of the deal was a bad idea.
“It was a mistake,” Roberts said.
The Paris Agreement is the most ambitious climate change agreement ever negotiated.
The United States is one of only two countries to not ratify it, and because of that, it is unlikely that other nations will ratify.
The agreement sets a goal for the world to limit temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
“China has been on the wrong side of the global climate,” Roberts explained.
“They are not getting their fair share.
It’s not a fair deal.”
Trump’s threat of withdrawing from a major climate change deal is an unusual one, Roberts said, but it is not a new one.
It was also not an unexpected development, Roberts added.
“You would expect that the president would have said this at some point,” he said.
There have been other signs of Trump’s withdrawal from the climate agreement: Earlier this year, Trump announced that he had decided to withdraw from an agreement that he signed with other countries in March that would require countries to reduce their emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and cut their reliance on coal.
But the announcement on Monday was Trump’s most explicit indication that he intends to pull back from the deal, Roberts explained, adding that Trump’s announcement on his own could signal that he was more willing to make concessions to other countries.
And on Monday, he appeared to be doing that with China.
“I think China has done well in the climate,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden.
Trump is also expected to announce his intention to withdraw the United State from the Kyoto Protocol, a pact that was signed by nearly 200 countries in 2009. “
But China has to be responsible in the future, and that will be China’s responsibility.”
Trump is also expected to announce his intention to withdraw the United State from the Kyoto Protocol, a pact that was signed by nearly 200 countries in 2009.
But in a statement issued Monday, the Trump administration said that the United Kingdom and France, which are members of the agreement, will remain.
“Our countries are committed to the Paris Agreement and are ready to implement it,” the statement said.
A little more than a week after the U-turn on his initial policy, President Donald Trump on Monday night made…