Paris Climate Accord a Bad Deal, Trump Campaign Says

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By Renee Schoof

Oct. 6 — The international Paris Agreement on climate change is a bad deal, Donald Trump’s campaign said shortly after the agreement reached the threshold of support it needed to go into effect.

“Politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to make bad deals that undermine the interests of the American people. The Paris Accord is just the latest example,” the Trump campaign’s deputy policy director, Dan Kowalski, said in a statement late Oct. 5.

The Republican presidential nominee’s campaign said the agreement among the world’s nations would cost the U.S. trillions of dollars, raise electricity costs and give China an unfair advantage because its emissions can continue to increase in the near term.

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Trump has called climate change a hoax, but his campaign recently has shifted its tone on the subject. Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, “appreciate that many scientists are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions,” his campaign statement said.

U.S. scientists should “continue studying the scientific issues but without political agendas getting in the way,” the statement said and added: “We also need to be vigilant to defend the interests of the American people in any efforts taken on this front.”

Trump’s campaign also said that he would “refocus EPA on its core mission: clean air and water.”

The Paris climate agreement crossed the finish line Oct. 5 when the European Union fast-tracked ratification documents to the United Nations. The move meant the pact had ratification by 72 countries representing 56.75 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To go into effect, it needed ratification by at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of emissions. The agreement reached by nearly 200 nations is expected to go into force on Nov. 5.

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