U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS’s Face the Nation the Trump administration position concerning the historic 2016 Paris Climate Accord is being led and developed by Gary Cohn, a former Wall Street executive with Goldman Sachs, who leads the National Economic Council, and the Trump administration is willing to work with partners in the Paris Accord if they can construct a set of terms that are fair and balanced for the American people and recognizes the U.S. economic interest.
Tillerson claimed that the targets from the historic 2016 Paris Accord were really “out of balance” for the U.S. and the 2nd largest economy in the world, China.
The largest 2 economies of the world account for the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions by a wide margin.
Combined the U.S. and China account for 38 percent of total global emissions.
Under the Paris Accord negotiated by former U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. is expected by 2025 to lower greenhouse emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels.
However, President Trump decided in June to withdraw the U.S. from the 2016 Paris Climate Accord and by not following Paris Climate Accord targets, the U.S. will miss its 2025 targets by a significant level.
On June 1st President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and cited questionable job loss research from the National Economic Research Associates that was sponsored by 2 organizations known for supporting the fossil fuel industry and challenging EPA regulations.
President Trump has promoted an “America First Energy Plan” that includes removing environmental regulations and reviving the coal industry.
The combustion of coal adds a large amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere per unit of heat energy by a wider margin than the combustion of other fossil fuels.
China ratified the Paris Accord on September 3, 2016 and agreed to set a target, or so called “nationally determined contribution” of peaking CO2 emissions by 2030 at the latest, lower the carbon intensity of GDP by 60 percent–65 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and increase the usage of non-fossil energy resources by 20 percent during the same period.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists have agreed that climate warming trends over the past century are “extremely likely” due to human activities.
Climate scientists have a high degree of confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise over the next several decades.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts a temperature increase of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century and the Arctic Ocean is expected to become mostly ice free during summer months before mid-century.
Here’s my latest You Tube video where I add some commentary about President Trump’s America First Energy Plan.