President Trump addressed the nation from the White House Rose Garden today at 3:30 p.m. to announce the nation’s exit from the Paris Climate Accord.
“Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty…the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” Trump said, “but begin negotiations to reenter that Paris Accord or an entirely new transaction that’s fair…”
The main reasons the president gave for exiting the agreement were:
- It’s economically unfair to American workers
- It redistributes wealth from the U.S. to other countries
- It would not have a meaningful effect on global temperatures
- It infringes on American sovereignty
- It imposes unacceptable legal risks to the U.S.
Trump stated that the U.S. would immediately end the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and the Green Climate Fund. He said that compliance would ultimately cost our economy over $3 trillion in GDP.
“The bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States,” Trump said. “This agreement is less about the climate, and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage against the United States.”
Trump said he is willing to “immediately work with Democratic leaders” to negotiate re-entry into Paris, or to a new deal.
“It is time to exit the Paris Accord,” Trump summed up. But he reiterated his, and America’s commitment to being an environmental leader. He did not refute or address any of the claims of Climate Change proponents, instead sticking to economic, competitive and basic fairness as the basis of his decision.
The president openly challenged other nations–if they want America to be part of a global effort to combat global warming–to pay their fair share and do their fair part, and he challenged Democrats to work with him to ensure American workers and families are treated fairly.