Understand Trump's decision

Finau Naigulevu Turaga, Nadi Airport | Saturday, June 3, 2017
AS we hear our leaders plead for President Donald Trump's support on the Paris Climate Accord, we need to understand reasons for his opposition.

"In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord," declared President Trump from the Rose Garden, "but will begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord, or an entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the US, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.

"So, we're getting out," Mr Trump reiterated, "but we will see if we can negotiate. And we will see if we can make a deal that's fair ..."

According to the Trump Administration, if the country stayed in the Accord, the "US economy would lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs by 2040. It's important to note that the Paris Accord is actually not a "treaty" per se, that would require fulfilments.

Erick Erickson, host of Atlanta's Evening News and founder/editor of The Resurgent noted in Fox News that the agreement was signed by then President Obama and was never submitted to Congress for ratification or debate first.

If the election promise was to withdraw from the Paris Accord, at least President Trump is abiding to his word and focusing on job retention for US workers.

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