WASHINGTON – The United States should stay in the Paris climate accord but renegotiate it, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday, alleging that some European countries were not doing enough to curb emissions. A decision is expected by President Donald Trump next month on whether to stay in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement limiting global carbon emissions, signed by 194 countries. "I'm not going to say I'm going to go tell the president of the United States, 'Let's just walk away from the Paris accord,'" Perry said during the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York. "But what I am going to say is, I think we probably need to renegotiate it," he said. "We need to sit down and they need to get serious about it," he said.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday he thinks the United States should remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord but push to renegotiate the agreement, which covers nearly 200 countries. At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Perry said it would be better for the country if the U.S. remains at the table, joining a small group of Trump advisers who favor sticking with the agreement despite Donald Trump's campaign promise to scrap it. "I'm not going to tell the president of the United States to walk away from the Paris accord," Perry said. "I will say that we need to renegotiate it." The remarks put Perry at odds with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House chief political strategist Steve Bannon but in the same camp as Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, along with a group of 15 state attorneys general who say fighting pollution is a public health matter.
TOYAMA – Wrapping up the Group of Seven environment ministers' meeting Monday, Tamayo Marukawa, as chairwoman of the talks, hailed the "strong political will" demonstrated by the group to implement the landmark Paris climate accord reached last year. Critics, meanwhile, point out that without effective measures to achieve the goal, and amid plans to build new coal-burning power plants, Japan may find itself isolated and left behind within the group of industrialized nations. One of the achievements of the meeting was a pledge in the communique that the G-7 members will not wait until the deadline in crafting their mid-century, long-term strategy to fight the rise in global temperatures, which the Paris climate accord sets at 2020. "Based on this communique, we will work on what is necessary in our own country," Marukawa said at a joint news conference with the other ministers, apparently referring to the need to flesh out a strategy to attain its long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. But Japan, the world's fifth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, could face challenges in putting its words into action, with some critics casting doubts over whether the country can even achieve its pledge to cut emissions by 26 percent from 2013 levels by 2030.
Japan was on its way to ratifying the Paris Agreement on global warming Tuesday after the paperwork sailed through the Lower House and Cabinet earlier in the day. But with public opposition to nuclear power plant restarts holding strong, some are skeptical that Japan can achieve its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2013 levels by 2030. Japan will formally become a signatory once its representatives submit the documents to the United Nations in New York, allowing it to join other major greenhouse gas emitters who have already adopted the landmark accord, which took effect last week. The accord has created a new international framework for reining in carbon emissions that involves nearly all developed and developing nations. The government intended to obtain Diet approval last Friday, the same day it took force, but was forced to postpone by political wrangling over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump would reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) on Sunday. "(Trump) told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months," Macron told the paper, referring to meetings the two leaders had this week in Paris. "We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord," he added. Trump has said the Paris accord is soft on leading polluters like China and India, putting U.S. industry at risk. Trump on Friday appeared to hold the door open to a change of position on the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, which he pulled the United States out of earlier this year.