On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump officially announced that he will be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate accords. The President did leave the door open for negotiations that would allow the U.S to reenter the accord or a different agreement altogether.
After being introduced by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump took to the podium to deliver his announcement.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and it’s citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations either to renter the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers and it’s people. We’re getting out and we’ll see if we can make a deal that is fair.” said Trump.
The President cited drops in the steel and coal industries that were suffering from the terms of the deal and said the jobs weren’t being eliminated under the terms of the accords, but rather were being shipped to other countries like China and India. Trump also estimated that the country would contribute to the Green Fund under the accords, billions of dollars that weren’t being committed from other nations.
“Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideas. As someone who supports the environment I can not support a deal that punishes the United States” added Trump “The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accords have drawn scrutiny from Democrats, that believe that the United States is taking a step back from it’s leadership position in the world. There have also been several major U.S corporations that have pledged to continue to support the terms of the accords.