Trump may replace Obama’s big climate rule..what about Paris?

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/14/trump-administration-may-replace-key-obama-climate-rule-242747

The Trump administration is opening the door to offering its own replacement for former President Barack Obama’s landmark climate regulation — rather than just erasing it altogether.

A mend-it-don’t-end-it approach on Obama’s 2015 rule could appease power companies that say the EPA needs to impose some kind of climate regulation — even if it’s much weaker — to avoid triggering courtroom challenges that would cloud the industry in years of uncertainty. But it would run afoul of demands from some conservative activists, who have pressured EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reject the idea that climate change is a problem requiring federal action.

The agency aims by early October to issue a proposal to undo Obama’s climate rule, along with a separate advance notice of its intent to consider a replacement, a source close to the process told POLITICO.

That approach still leaves a wide array of options on the table — including ultimately deciding against a new rule. It could allow Pruitt to stretch out the process for years without ultimately resolving how the agency should address greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, one of the largest contributors to human-caused climate change.

But leaving open the option of writing a new rule would avoid repeating the dramatic break with mainstream science that President Donald Trump made in June, when he announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Pruitt had pushed Trump to pull out of the deal.

For now, conservatives appear willing to give Pruitt the benefit of the doubt on the future of Obama’s rule, known as the Clean Power Plan.

“I would prefer the EPA do everything in its power to obliterate the Clean Power Plan,” said Tom Pyle, a conservative lobbyist with the American Energy Alliance who led Trump’s Energy Department transition team. But he said he wouldn’t oppose a replacement rule.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/18/us-could-stay-paris-climate-accord-under-right-conditions-says-tillerson

The United States could remain in the Paris climate accord under the right conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday, signaling a shift in tone from the Trump administration, which angered allies with its decision to pull out of the agreement.

President Donald Trump is willing to work with partners in the Paris agreement if the United States could construct a set of terms that are fair and balanced for Americans, Tillerson said on the CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Asked if there was a chance the United States could stay in the accord, Tillerson responded, “I think under the right conditions.”

“The president said he is open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue,” Tillerson said.

Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, struck a similar tone in television interviews on Sunday in which he said Trump had always been willing to consider changes on the climate pact.

“He left the door open to re-entering at some later time if there can be a better deal for the United States,” said McMaster said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “If there’s an agreement that benefits the American people, certainly.”

The accord, reached by nearly 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The Republican president fulfilled his campaign promise to pull out of the 2015 accord in June, when he announced tersely “We’re getting out.” Trump maintained the pact would undermine the US economy and national sovereignty and his decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders.

It takes four years for a country to withdraw from the Paris agreement, so the United States will be a party to the agreement until two days after Trump’s first term ends.

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“I would prefer the EPA do everything in its power to obliterate the Clean Power Plan,” said Tom Pyle, a conservative lobbyist with the American Energy Alliance who led Trump’s Energy Department transition team. But he said he wouldn’t oppose a replacement rule.”

but..

“President Donald Trump is willing to work with partners in the Paris agreement if the United States could construct a set of terms that are fair and balanced for Americans, Tillerson said on the CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

this could be a defining moment..

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2 Responses to “Trump may replace Obama’s big climate rule..what about Paris?”

  1. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  2. “The agency aims by early October to issue a proposal to undo Obama’s climate rule, along with a separate advance notice of its intent to consider a replacement, a source close to the process told POLITICO.”

    It think this approach has been the Republican platform since its’ inception as a party. It appears distinct from the Democratic party, but compromises and forwards Democratic party ideals. The same appears to be happening with Obamacare, not a repeal but a replacement has been the call.

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