The Wall Street Journal caused quite a kerfuffle over the weekend when it reported that “the Trump administration is considering staying in the Paris agreement.”
They got it wrong.
The WSJ based its reporting on statements by attendees at a climate conference in Montreal and by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said the President is “open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue.”
However, nothing had changed in the President’s position.
President Trump spotted the inherent flaws in the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement for himself and vowed to pull the U.S. out while he was still a candidate.
White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn corrected the record saying, “We are withdrawing, and we made that as clear as it can be. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly.” We posted details at CFACT.org.
While the UN and American climate establishment would like nothing better than for Trump to reverse course on Paris, this appears to have been wishful thinking on their part. The conditions under which President Trump might reconsider his approach to international climate politics that Secretary Tillerson reiterated presents no small hurdle.
The President is absolutely correct that Paris is a bad deal for America. It would limit U.S. emissions now, while allowing countries such as China and India to dramatically increase theirs. At the same time the U.S. would be expected to pay out huge sums of money to UN programs while again China, India and the rest get a pass. President Obama sent the UN $1 billion for its Green Climate Fund on his way out the door.
The Paris Agreement is and always was a bad deal for America. If the President sticks to his guns there’s no way back in.