Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday hailed a new era of environmental deregulation in a speech that took place in a coal mine recently fined for polluting local waterways.
Last week, Pruitt, a former Oklahoma Attorney General, said the United States should "exit" the agreement because it was a "bad deal" for the country. President Trump's recent executive orders have targeted a wide array of Obama policies including regulation of carbon emissions and coal leasing on federal lands.
The Trump administration is changing course from the policies of his predecessor in a number of stark ways, perhaps most drastically when it comes to climate change.
Kushner is one of the main proponents of the pact, along with Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp.
Conservatives alarmed by the corporate advocacy are stepping up their opposition, arguing that the potential global political benefits the USA may gain on the world stage by staying in the deal are outmatched by the political fallout Trump would experience at home. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and coal producer Cloud Peak Energy are among those asking for that outcome.
"The Paris Agreement is a hard-won achievement which is in keeping with the underlying trend of global development", Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the World Economic Forum earlier this year.
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Bannon and Pruitt are said to be strongly opposed to remaining in the agreement, while Kushner and Tillerson are said to be in favor of staying.
Trump's efforts to roll back other environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan and auto-emissions standards, are "window dressing" if the administration maintains its promises under the Paris agreement, McKenna said in a phone interview on Monday. The International Renewable Energy Agency predicted that investments in renewable power and efficiency created to help meet Paris targets will boost the world economy by $19 trillion.
Last summer, the group called the Paris deal "the latest in a series of costly policy choices the USA government has made because of its participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)", and it urged the United States government to withdraw from the UNFCCC altogether.
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. "If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfil Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job".
The White House is expected to announce their decision on the Paris deal at the G-7 meeting in Italy at the end of May. "We're moving very quickly to a gas-based energy system and coal can not reverse that and Scott Pruitt, with all of his lofty words, can not replace that". "The coal companies and oil and gas companies that are flirting with the Paris agreement don't understand the existential threat that they're buying into".
Trump may also choose to stay in the agreement and reduce the emissions commitment.