Perry reassures Japan on U.S. commitment to clean energy despite Paris accord exit

The Japan Times 

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry reassured Japan on Monday that America is committed to tackling environmental issues and promoting clean energy even though it is leaving the Paris climate accord. Perry told Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko in Tokyo that the U.S. commitment to environmental issues remains unchanged, said Kazushige Tanaka, a trade ministry official who attended the talks. Perry's comments came days after President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris accord, a decision that has triggered international disappointment and criticism. Before visiting Japan, Perry had said in a statement released Thursday that he "fully" supported Trump's decision, and intended to discuss with Japan "the benefits of all forms of energy, including nuclear, fossil, liquefied natural gas and renewables." In Monday's talks, Perry said America will continue to be a leader in developing clean energy and associated technology, as it has led efforts tackling carbon reduction and clean coal technology.