Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris climate change deal? | The Tylt
Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris climate change deal?
Supporters of the Paris Agreement say it's one of President Obama's biggest environmental achievements. It was the first real global agreement to fight climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and was painstakingly negotiated by nearly 200 countries. If the U.S. unilaterally withdraws, critics argue we are essentially forsaking the battle against climate change—in order to save fossil fuel jobs.
But President Trump was elected on an "America first," nationalist platform. His supporters and many of his advisers are extremely leery of international agreements that do not prioritize American economic growth. Conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have been agitating for the president to keep his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement:
"If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfill Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job," Heritage fellow Stephen Moore and research associate Timothy Doescher wrote in a recent op-ed.