President Donald Trump said he “withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris Climate Accord,” during a speech on Wednesday.
One of Trumps campaign promises was to remove the United States from the pact.
Trump in Pennsylvania touted the countrys growing energy independence and his cancellation of the Clean Power Plan, the Stream Protection Rule, and the Waters of the United States Rule, arguing they hindered business, enabled bureaucratic micromanaging, and caused electricity prices to soar.
“I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris Climate Accord. It was a total disaster for our country. And I thought when I did that, it would be very tough. And all I do is get applauded for that move, so much. It wouldve been so bad for our country. They were taking away our wealth. It was almost as though it was meant to hurt the competitiveness—really, [the] competitiveness of the United States. So, we did away with that one,” he added.
“The Paris Accord wouldve been a giant transfer of American wealth to foreign nations that are responsible for most of the worlds pollution. Our air right now and our water right now is as clean as its been in decades. Shutting down American producers—the Paris Accord wouldve been shutting down American producers with excessive regulatory restrictions like you would not believe, while allowing foreign producers to pollute with impunity. They were allowed to do what they were doing.”
“What we wont do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters. Because I can say it: Right now—and Im proud to say it: Its called America First. Finally, its called America First,'” he added later. “My job is to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not the people of Paris.”
The Paris climate agreement (pdf) was hammered out in 2015 through the United Nations while President Barack Obama was in office. Countries were required to prove reports of emissions of grRead More – Source