Should the U.S. back out of the Paris Agreement? | The Tylt
Should the U.S. back out of the Paris Agreement?
Critics of the Paris Agreement, like President Trump, say it is a bad deal for the U.S.
“I don’t want that agreement to put us at a competitive disadvantage with other countries,” Trump said. “And as you know, there are different times and different time limits on that agreement. I don’t want that to give China, or other countries signing agreements an advantage over us.”
The Paris Agreements limit the United States economy while giving a free pass to nations like China. If the U.S. wants to maintain its position, it must pull out of the Paris Agreements.
The simple fact is that breaking free from the shackles of carbon-emissions deals like the Paris Agreement could unleash the full power of the American economy in a way that actually enables it to compete economically with a country like China"
I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends," Xie said. In this case, adopting policy stances that conform with global trends on carbon emissions all but guarantee China's ascendancy to the world's largest and most important economy.
Supporters of the Paris Agreement say this is not about winners and losers—this is about making sure we do not destroy Earth. It's not as though these terms were arbitrarily agreed upon, they were painstakingly negotiated by 195 countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping defended the Paris agreement, saying:
“Man coexists with nature, which means that any harm to nature will eventually come back to haunt man. We hardly notice natural resources such as air, water, soil and blue sky when we have them. But we won’t be able to survive without them.”
“Industrialisation has created material wealth never seen before, but it has also inflicted irreparable damage to the environment,” Xi went on. “We must not exhaust all the resources passed on to us by previous generations and leave nothing to our children or pursue development in a destructive way. Clear waters and green mountains are as good as mountains of gold and silver. We must maintain harmony between man and nature and pursue sustainable development.”