The raging court battles across the U.S. by Donald Trump’s legal team haven’t stopped the president from making bold moves and bold statements at a number of recent events, including a recent Group of 20 gathering.
According to Newsmax, Trump made headlines over the weekend when he insisted in a virtual address to member nations of the G20 that the Obama-era Paris climate agreement only served to harm America and suggested that if former Vice President Joe Biden rejoins the accord, it will “kill the American economy.”
Will we rejoin?
On several occasions during his campaign, Biden, who as it stands is the president-elect and is expected to take over the White House come Jan. 20, made clear that he will have the United States once again join the Paris Agreement.
According to CNBC, the accord was formed by nearly 200 nations to pursue a global effort to reduce carbon emissions and control the potentially disastrous outcomes of a planet that warms too quickly.
The United States ranks only second behind China in greenhouse gas emissions, CNBC reports, and until Trump pulled out of the agreement, America was expected to be a leader in moving forward with keeping the planet at stable levels.
Many proponents of the global climate agreement agree that the United States should be the shining example of what can be accomplished, as Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald recently indicated.
“Since the U.S. has one of the biggest economies in the world and has contributed the most to climate change, it is incredibly important that the U.S. return to the Paris agreement,” Mahowald said, according to CNBC.
Not on Trump’s watch
While it’s still somewhat unclear whether or not Trump will have another chance at a presidential term in the White House, as long as he’s in office, he has zero intentions of rejoining the accord. He’s blasted it on several occasions throughout his presidency.
“To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said in this year’s G20 virtual address, according to Newsmax.
Trump has insisted that staying in the agreement would savage jobs in America’s energy sector while financially rewarding other countries who contribute heavily to global pollution.
“I refuse to surrender millions of American jobs and send trillions of American dollars to the world’s worst polluters and environmental offenders, and that’s what would have happened” if the U.S. remained part of the deal, Trump said during his G20 speech, as Newsmax reported. “It was designed to kill the American economy.”
If Biden eventually gets into the White House, rejoining the Paris climate accord will be just one of a number of expected reversals of Trump’s long list of executive orders that many believe helped get America back on track to greatness.