Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth: White House

US President Donald Trump, who declared an end to the "war on coal", has said he will make a decision on the Paris agr
US President Donald Trump, who declared an end to the "war on coal", has said he will make a decision on the Paris agreement on limiting global warming after he returns to Washington

US compliance with its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change would be "crippling" to growth, the White House said Friday.

During his election campaign, avowed sceptic Donald Trump promised to exit the 2015 UN pact on limiting global warming.

But Trump has now said he will make a decision after returning to Washington following the G7 summit in Sicily which starts Friday, at the end of his international tour.

"We know that the levels that were agreed to by the prior administration would be highly crippling to the US economic growth," Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn said.

"The president has told you that he's going to ultimately make a decision on Paris and climate when he gets back. He's interested to hear what the G7 leaders have to say about climate," said Cohn, speaking aboard the presidential Air Force One.

"It will be a fairly robust discussion on that. We know that because we had it today with the French president, we had it with the Belgians, we had it with all the bilaterals we've had," he added.

Trump "wants to do the right thing for the environment. He cares about the environment. But he also cares very much about creating jobs for American workers," said the advisor to a Republican who has declared the end to a "war on coal".

Under President Barack Obama, the US, with world's second biggest carbon emitter, pledged to reduce by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

A solution discussed in Washington could be to remain in the Paris Agreement but launch a re-examination of US objectives.

That would allow it to keep a seat at the negotiating table while sending a signal domestically of a form of break with the previous Democratic administration.

US withdrawal from the 196-nation Paris Agreement would be a real blow to "climate diplomacy" which, less than 18 months ago, celebrated the historic pact made possible by a hard-fought negotiated between Washington and Beijing.

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May 26, 2017
If India and China doubles their CO2 emissions and their population, what is the point in the USA exporting their coal and not using it?

May 26, 2017
Yes, better to not export it also.

May 26, 2017
U.S. coal exports have dropped by 50% in the past 4 years -
U.S. production/consumption/exports are down. - http://www.justfa...full.png
Coal consumption in China is down - https://www.googl...t6g9DgM: As are there C02 emissions.
India is still increasing it's coal use - http://www.busine...5_1.html

May 26, 2017
With wind and solar now becoming the cheapest power sources -
The trends are all in the direction of renewables. This is a big ship - and will take many decades to change course.

May 26, 2017
There are 1,721 solar-powered electric plants in the United States. They generated "1" percent of the nation's electricity last year.
What is the cost of these solar plants??

Look at that vocabulary of the gentleman. Declaring the end to a "war on coal". We certainly need then to also declare an end to the "war on nuclear weapons" and let us all enjoy the wealth from freely selling and using them.

May 27, 2017
Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth: White House

Donald Trump 'crippling' to US growth: Citizens

May 27, 2017
The US is positioned well to benefit both as consumers and as producers of sustainable energy systems domestically and worldwide. Russia is totally dependent on consuming and exporting oil/gas.

Trump is a Russian saboteur.

May 28, 2017
What is the cost of these solar plants??
If you learn to use google - you can look stuff up for yourself. Now 15% of electricity was generated by renewables - which is certainly going in the right direction.
With wind and solar now becoming the cheapest option in many markets, and their costs dropping like a brick - the future looks very bright for renewabls.

May 28, 2017
Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth:

I dunno. Growth only really happens in new technologies. Growth tends to slow down and stop in old ones (until they collapse when they become obsolete). So I don't know how focussing on e.g. subsidzing american coal instead of investing in new technological markets like solar and wind is going to help the US economy grow.

Trump is a Russian saboteur

Painfully obvious by now. It'll be interesting if anyone will actually look themselves in the mirror to say "I voted a russian spy into office...Yay me! "

May 28, 2017
Trump is crippling our chances for existence.

Jun 04, 2017
Renewables (total) = 14.9%
Hydropower = 6.5%
Wind = 5.6%
Biomass = 1.5%
Solar = 0.9%
Geothermal = 0.4%
Solar = 0.9% wow

Hydropower = 6.5%. New dams built, or old dams?

Jun 04, 2017
Yup, how many cars were on the road in1901?

Our start is better.

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