Donald Trump has threatened to undo or cancel practically every policy or action undertaken by President Barack Obama on climate change, including the historic Paris accord.
And all of it within the first 100 days of taking office if elected, the Republican presidential candidate said in a speech unveiling his America First energy and environment policy on Thursday.
“We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN global warming programmes,” Trump said on an issue being followed closely in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a leadership role in the signing of the Paris accord in December, and launched a global solar alliance with French president Francois Hollande.
Trump said: “President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords – unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress. This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America.”
And his plan to stop contributing to UN programmes threatens the very basis of the accord, which enjoins developed countries to defray technology costs for developing nations.
If Trump is elected and sticks to his threats, India and the US could end up revisiting the whole climate change issue, and look it from a completely different perspective.
The United States itself would be reconsidering the whole global warming question entirely as he plans to “rescind” all of Obama’s actions, including the Climate Action Plan.
He also plans to “save the coal industry and other industries”, which face closure because of the focus on cleaner sources of energy — hundred of coal mines have closed in recent years.
He will take another look, he said, at a controversial pipeline project planned by a Canadian company to transport crude through the US for export. Obama had rejected the plan.