Ebell: White House will likely exit Paris climate agreement

By |2017-02-02T01:47:26+00:00January 30th, 2017|Climate|25 Comments

President Donald Trump will likely bow out of last year’s Paris climate agreement by executive order sometime later this week, according to a former official with the president’s transition team.

Trump could leave the multi-nation agreement “by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Myron Ebell, director of environmental policy at Competitive Enterprise Institute, told reporters Monday in London. CEI is a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C.

“The U.S. will clearly change its course on climate policy. Trump has made it clear he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” said Ebell, who helped guide the EPA’s transition after Trump was elected.

The president signed two memos Jan. 26 broadly eliminating funding for any United Nations agencies who give full membership to terrorist organizations or who support programs that fund abortion.

 The memos also direct committees to enact “at least a 40 percent overall decrease” in remaining funding toward international organizations and instruct committees to review any further treaties.

Trump, who made dismantling the Paris agreement a central part of his campaign message, does not intend to directly target the agreement, but instead will reduce U.N. funding, according to a Wednesday report by The News York Times. Former President Barack Obama pledged the U.S. would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

Ebell said the best way for Trump to void the agreement would be to withdraw from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the coalition of nearly 200 countries that signed the pact.

“Whether the U.N. secretariat wants the U.S. to continue to have a seat at the table is up to them. I don’t think Trump cares about that. The people who elected him would prefer not to have a seat at the table,” he added.

Several U.N. member countries voiced concern about the U.S. potentially vacating the agreement, mainly because they worry the pact will have no teeth without U.S. financial heft.

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is seeking the Socialist Party nomination, for instance, told reporters on Jan. 24 that he would place a carbon tax on American goods if the president refused to stay true to the United climate agreement.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is one of the mechanisms created to help finance some of the aspects of the Paris agreement. A total of $10.3 billion has been pledged so far, which is meant to cover investments for countries that struggle to meet carbon reduction measures.

Pages detailing aspects of the GCF, as well as the Climate Action Report, and other pages on global climate finance were deleted from the Department of State website Jan. 26, suggesting the Trump administration is reviewing aspects of the GCF.

Other reports that had previously shown up under the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs site have also been jettisoned, according to a report published Thursday by Politico.

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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller


  1. Immortal600 January 31, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Good! That agreement is a waste.

  2. Terry Rushing January 31, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    “Global warming”, later changed to “climate change” and preceded by “global cooling” is now and always has been a scam promulgated by the UN with the objective of redistribution of wealth and the dissolving of national sovereignty. The imagination of humanity that they could have any influence on such matters is a clear indicator of the arrogance of some people.

    • RobbertBobbert GDQ January 31, 2017 at 9:51 PM

      Terry…Some say this is a conspiracy but they are out and blatant about their intention…
      “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said February 3rd during a press conference in Brussels.

      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.
      Note that none of these clowns are elected and that no one ever gave them the right to change the design on my T Shirt let alone a mandate to change the economic model of the nations of the world!

      • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

        What is it that you were told (and chose to believe) about what she meant by this?



        • Brin Jenkins February 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM

          Then explain what exactly did she mean? Or is this above your pay grade?

    • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 9:47 AM

      SCAY_UM ever’buddeh!

      Clearly there is still a market among the Faux/Breitbartian faithful for claiming that:

      o Thousands of scientists;

      o across a century and a half;

      o in a wide range of specialties;

      o in dozens of countries;

      o on six continents;

      o speaking scores of languages;

      o having over ten thousand peer-reviewed papers;

      o are involved in a complex plot to ‘fake’ AGW.

      And, to hide their scam, scientists have recruited the natural world into going along with their plot, namely:

      o Scientists have tricked animals and plants to move up and poleward;

      o scientists have tricked plants to bloom earlier;

      o scientists have tricked seasons to begin earlier;

      o scientists have tricked the ocean into acidifying;

      o scientists have tricked carbon to change its isotopic signature from natural carbon to fossil carbon in the atmosphere, corals, and plants to further the scam;

      o scientists have tricked the tropopause to rise;

      o scientists have tricked the oceans to warm rapidly and sea levels to increase their rate of rise;

      o scientists have tricked the outgoing spectra of the earth into emitting less EM waves in the GHG wavelengths;

      o and all have been exposed by a few intrepid bloggers and fossil fuel billionaires.

      Has there ever been – ever – a less likely conspiracy theory ever than this one? In the history of the world?



      • Terry Rushing February 1, 2017 at 2:34 PM

        And the source of all your information is…?

        • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 6:34 PM

          Smart take.



        • Otter February 3, 2017 at 5:40 AM

          Sorry to say but you are wrong. Columbus KNEW the world was round- everyone Educated did, including the Church. Why else would Columbus sail west in hopes of finding China? His problem was mixing up two different measurement systems when it came to the circumference of the Earth.
          Look up the origin of the ‘flat earth’ myth. It isn’t what you think it is. Maps in the 1400s were drawn the way they were because people just did not Know what was beyond the regions already sailed.

      • wally12 February 11, 2017 at 5:35 PM

        @Dano: Dano has an imagination that is typical of many liberals and those 97% of 100 scientists who have a need to protect their funding by issuing reports that CO2 is the driver of warming. They realize that Trump is about to shut down their bread basket. Therefore, they will print anything in the hope of keeping the scam alive. The latest lie has been that the pause in warming the earth for the previous 18 years didn’t exist. To do that they use the unreliable ship intake water temperature data and changed the fudge factors in the models

        to give them a warmer earth. It was done purposely to give the Paris conference a warm and fuzzy feeling about getting an agreement signed.
        When Trump actually signs a method he chooses, I and thousands of free thinking scientists and informed people around the world will celebrate and the “warmers” will fume. I can hardly wait.

  3. Jan Williams January 31, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    This is like Christmas all over again.

  4. Alastair Macdonald February 1, 2017 at 3:47 AM

    The most wicked lie ever postulated in history has been met with a man of integrity and courage. The Winston Churchill of the United States is here as Mr Trump. The sinister UN, the devil and the IPCC have met their match. What utter state sponsored rot

    • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 9:48 AM




      • Brin Jenkins February 4, 2017 at 4:59 AM

        What is untrue Dano? We can’t see any warming, don’t feel any warmer and you can’t explain how the small man made bit of a minority gas can cause this warming. We waste our scarce resources on the whim of green bigots.

  5. Alastair Macdonald February 1, 2017 at 3:49 AM

    Divine intervention through Mr Trump before the UN brings in their one world dictatorship via the foolish global warming false doctrine

  6. J T February 1, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Excellent! All their lies will not avail them.

  7. jameshrust February 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Great news. The U. S. has a $20 trillion national debt and we can’t afford to throw tax dollars away on useless expenditures. Trump will get us on a sound financial footing by getting us out of the Obama Administration nation killing energy policies.

    • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 1:21 PM

      Speaking of fiscally conservative, even banks say that it will cost more to do nothing.

      Denialists and disinformers never bring up the cost of doing nothing.

      Why do denialists and disinformers never bring up the cost of doing nothing?

      Denialists and disinformers never bring up the cost of doing nothing because the cost of doing nothing is more than the cost of doing something.



  8. Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Making America decline much more rapidly. Sad.



    • Immortal600 February 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      How does getting out of that agreement make “America decline much more rapidly”. Explain that if you can. This ought to be good.

      • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

        Everyone else will be pricing externalities, and we’ll be behind. China is starting to eat our lunch.

        As far as the rest of it, our reputation is in decline as we are no longer a bastion of freedom and countries are starting to look to other trading partners.



        • Immortal600 February 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM

          Pure liberal BS that says nothing. China is eating our lunch, as you say, not due to anything related to CO2. As a matter of fact, they are building more coal plants and are laughing at our insanity in the mean time.

          Our reputation declined during your savior Obama’s term. Who could take us seriously when he paid lip service to problems happening around the world. Stick to Horticulture, that you know, climate dynamics, economics, global politics, not so much.

          • Dano2 February 1, 2017 at 11:08 AM

            Pure uneducated con BS that says nothing.



          • Otter February 3, 2017 at 5:42 AM

            Immortal, like everyone else, I’ve taken to ignoring the dumb bastard. All he’s got for the next 4 to 8 years of Trump is sour grapes.

            • Immortal600 February 3, 2017 at 8:09 AM

              Otter, I think I will do the same.

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