NEW YORK- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump explained through multiple statements on Tuesday that he is willing to renegotiate the role USA plays in the U.N. global climate accord. Trump highlighted his doubts in China’s commitment as well in adhering to its pledge under the Paris deal, being on top of chart as the world’s emitter of carbon dioxide.
Noting that the deal was reached in Paris last December by 177 nations, who for the first time in more than two decades found a common vision for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump stressed on his words regarding his serious examination of the deal, saying “at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else” highlighting that he consider these agreements are bad for USA.
“Not a big fan because other countries don’t adhere to it, and China doesn’t adhere to it, and China’s spewing into the atmosphere,” he said.
Moreover, Trump also doubts global warming exists in the first place, and has said that he thinks of it as a concept that was invented by China to harm the competitiveness of U.S. business. One of his energy policy advisers is a climate change skeptic, U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota. Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic contender for the White House, has advocated shifting the country to 50 percent clean energy by 2030.
The Paris agreement has an article built into it meant to protect countries in the accord in the event that a new government comes in and wants to dismantle it. The clause says any nation wanting to withdraw will first have to wait four years.
U.S. chief climate envoy Jonathan Pershing said last week that regardless of the outcome of the U.S. election, other countries were likely to be bound by the pact.