Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

The agreement was signed by former President Barack Obama just last November.

As for India - which is on course to greatly increase its energy demand in coming years as electrification reaches more and more of the country's vast population - it, too, is moving to address climate change.

Perry, a former Texas governor, at his confirmation hearings in January softened a previous position that the science behind climate change was "phony".

Ivanka Trump reportedly favors the country meeting its Paris climate agreement obligations.

President Trump's top advisers will meet Tuesday to contemplate withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord, according to Reuters.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday during an appearance on Fox and Friendsthat the United States should exit the Paris climate agreement because the accord only serves the interests of Europe, China and India.

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According to Politico, Bannon and Pruitt want Trump to withdraw the US from the agreement, while Kushner and Tillerson stand on the opposite side of the issue.

That's a tack advanced in a letter to Trump, previously reported on by E&E News, by North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who argued that "the USA should present a new pledge that does no harm to our economy", one that would highlight "the importance of baseload power generation, including highly efficient and low emission coal-fired and nuclear power plants". And energy ministers from G-7 nations earlier this month took the unusual step of declining to issue a joint statement endorsing the Paris agreement after the USA balked.

But with the Paris accord, China said that, compared to 2005 levels, it would seek to cut its carbon emissions by 60 to 65 percent per unit of GDP by 2030. And, what is a politically viable US climate policy in the long-term? Multi-national corporations, like Exxon, want to avoid diplomatic blowback and no doubt see it as a boon to their natural gas holdings.

McKenna said a carbon tax seemed to be the only possible change to the U.S.'s commitments that would make them more ambitious and could also be construed as better for the economy.

On Monday, liquified natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy sent a letter to George David Banks, who handles global energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement so "the United States can leverage competitive advantages in natural gas and energy technology". The country said it expects such funding to create roughly 13 million jobs, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming and lessen the smog that has long plagued Beijing and other Chinese cities. Some coal companies and Republicans believe Obama's Paris pledge can be substituted with subsidies emissions control technology.

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