Friday, May 27, 2016

Going backwards, Trump-style

Says That America Should Be First on Fossil Fuels, Last on Climate Change

Pledges to dismantle the Paris climate agreement and erase Obama's climate action plan in his first major energy speech

BY JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR. and ZAHRA HIRJI, Inside Climate News

Donald Trump vowed Thursday that if elected president he would dismantle the landmark global treaty to tackle climate change endorsed by the whole world in Paris last year.

Instead, he promised the domestic fossil fuel industry a no-holds-barred, America-first development policy aimed at maximizing production of coal, oil and natural gas.

Speaking on the day he clinched the delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, Trump delivered his first substantive speech on energy and climate policy before an enthusiastic audience of several thousand in North Dakota, the heart of the nation's fracking fields.

"We are going to turn everything around," he said at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, "and quickly, very quickly."

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"Here is my 100-day action plan: Rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions, including the climate action plan," Trump said.

(The article is here.)

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