MEPs call for Trump to dump the Paris climate deal

 

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As UKIP’s Energy Spokesman, I have drafted an open letter, (see below), to President Donald Trump, and signed by twenty MEPs, from six countries and three political groups, calling for early implementation of his campaign pledge to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Treaty.

In the letter, we say that a US withdrawal from the Paris accord “would effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all.”

We applaud the new and more positive approach which President Trump is taking to climate and energy issues and we are pressing for similar policies on this (European) side of the Atlantic.

The letter also raises concerns about the EPA’s “endangerment” finding with regard to CO2, and urges the President to revisit the issue.  We argue that the finding has no sound basis in science, but provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies.

It is clear that the EU’s extreme green policies are doing huge damage to EU industry and EU competitiveness, and are driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investments with them.

At the same time these policies have a trivial effect on the climate.  Billions spent on “green” investments amount to little more than gesture politics and virtue-signalling from politicians spending other people’s money.

The letter was signed by 20 MEPs from six EU member-states:

UK

Roger Helmer MEP

Stuart Agnew MEP

Tim Aker MEP

David Coburn MEP

Bill Etheridge MEP

Nathan Gill MEP

Mike Hookem MEP

Margot Parker MEP

Diane James MEP

Ray Finch MEP

Julia Reid MEP

Steven Woolfe MEP

Janice Atkinson MEP

Germany

Beatrix von Storch MEP

Marcus Pretzell MEP

Sweden

Peter Lundgren MEP

Kristina Winberg MEP

Czech Republic

Petr Mach MEP

Netherlands

Marcel de Graff MEP

Poland

Michał Marusik MEP

 

The Letter

The Honourable Mr. Donald J. Trump,

President of the United States of America,

The White House,

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20500, USA

Dear Mr. President,

We the undersigned, Members of the European parliament, would like to offer you our sincere congratulations on your election as President of the United States of America.  We are glad to affirm the high value we place on the Transatlantic Alliance, which has been such a force for peace, for prosperity and for the values we share.

We particularly applaud the new realism which you personally have brought to the climate issue and to energy policy.  We recognise the very positive impact which your decisions will have in ensuring the availability of secure and affordable energy in the USA, underpinning American competitiveness.  We on our part are pressing for similar policies on this side of the Atlantic.

We recall your campaign pledge to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Treaty, and we would urge you to put this into effect with as little delay as possible.  We believe that the Paris agreement is potentially damaging, especially to developed western economies.  We also believe that an early decision by your Administration to pull out of the Paris agreement will effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all.  At the same time, we would urge you to take action to withdraw the carbon dioxide endangerment finding, which has no sound basis in science, but which provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies.

Policy developments under your leadership, Mr. President, are already very encouraging and exciting.  We look forward to following the progress of your Administration, and we offer you our support and encouragement in pursuing rational and effective energy and climate policies.

 

 

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15 Responses to MEPs call for Trump to dump the Paris climate deal

  1. Harry Royle says:

    An excellent letter, Roger et al. Well done!

  2. catweazle666 says:

    Nice one, Roger.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “It is clear that the EU’s extreme green policies are doing huge damage to EU industry and EU competitiveness, and are driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investments with them.

    At the same time these policies have a trivial effect on the climate. Billions spent on “green” investments amount to little more than gesture politics and virtue-signalling from politicians spending other people’s money.”

    Keywords: “Other people’s money”

  4. Edwardm says:

    A good letter. And useful to show that there are some MEPs who buck the EU trend towards unrealism.

  5. Jane Davies says:

    Totally agree, a good letter and we hope that Trump hasn’t been ‘got at’ and will do this. In doing so it would show the world the folly of the Paris Agreement.

  6. Katie says:

    Well done Roger. We can only hope that Trump keeps his promise and trashes the whole of the Paris agreement. The world could be a much better place with cheaper energy for all. All this saving the planet has done is to destroy the habitats of so many creatures and make life a misery for so many people. It is all an utter disgrace.

  7. KennieD says:

    I still and always have, believed that the biggest problem and cause of so-called excess CO2, climate change etc., is deforestation. Trees and other plantlife are what uses up the CO2 and gives more oxygen. Yet the eu gives massive grants to a French company to cut down the rain forests of central Africa. (That’s more of our taxes given away without our agreement)

    • catweazle666 says:

      Unfortunately for that theory, NASA/NOAA satellite data in fact shows that the increased CO2 and warming has caused an increase of around 12% in the green cover of the planet.

      Global environmental change is rapidly altering the dynamics of terrestrial vegetation, with consequences for the functioning of the Earth system and provision of ecosystem services1, 2. Yet how global vegetation is responding to the changing environment is not well established. Here we use three long-term satellite leaf area index (LAI) records and ten global ecosystem models to investigate four key drivers of LAI trends during 1982–2009. We show a persistent and widespread increase of growing season integrated LAI (greening) over 25% to 50% of the global vegetated area, whereas less than 4% of the globe shows decreasing LAI (browning). Factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects explain 70% of the observed greening trend, followed by nitrogen deposition (9%), climate change (8%) and land cover change (LCC) (4%). CO2 fertilization effects explain most of the greening trends in the tropics, whereas climate change resulted in greening of the high latitudes and the Tibetan Plateau. LCC contributed most to the regional greening observed in southeast China and the eastern United States. The regional effects of unexplained factors suggest that the next generation of ecosystem models will need to explore the impacts of forest demography, differences in regional management intensities for cropland and pastures, and other emerging productivity constraints such as phosphorus availability.

      http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v6/n8/full/nclimate3004.html

      http://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2013/Deserts-greening-from-rising-CO2

  8. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Here’s hoping…and its good a few of you have informed him.

  9. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Damned good letter Roger. Seems to me that Trump has seen through the various items of nonsense, but a letter confirming that Europe agrees with him, can do no harm. Thanks.

  10. Irritable Bill says:

    My thanks to the guys who speak up here and elsewhere, the new dark ages are upon us and we need Trump to get on with this. At the end of the day we are at 400PPM Co2…a low equaling the only other time in world history it got this low, at the Permian-Carboniferous intersection….in a world where we have been higher than 8000PPM and the average where animal and plant life is maximized of something over 2000-2500PPM…see tomato crop yields when ‘forced’ by Co2…it would take a really stupid person to believe all the alarmist bullshit, a real mindless politicized believer of the flat earth-we didn’t land on the moon-2YK is real ilk. A socialist.
    And so, here we are. Keep on fighting guys, and thanks again.

  11. Derek says:

    Excellent initiative, Roger. You have my full support and that of a great many others too. It is good to se that you are not alone and that there are other MEP’s prepare to speak out.

  12. Thank you Roger and kudos to al those fellow MEPs who have seen through the deliberate hoax of blaming human emissions for warming the globe or causing climate change or now climate weirding. Have this afternoon sent two peer reviewed papers to President Trump, showing that carbon dioxide can not cause any warming at all and that there is no atmospheric greenhouse effect keeping or making earth warmer than the sun can do that.

  13. As an American living in the EU I wholeheartedly support your effort in dismantling the Paris deal. Please continue until the IPCC and UNFCCC are also history.

    I do notice the distinct lack of Italian signatories on your letter. Is there anything​ I can do to help your efforts down here?

  14. Vanessa says:

    Hurray !!

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