During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to make Americans workers a priority during his administration — a promise he upheld Thursday when he officially pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Paris Agreement, negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015, was a harmful arrangement for the U.S. economy and job growth, not to mention that it actually does little for its stated purpose to improve climate conditions.
“The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction in terms that are fair to the United States and its workers. So we’re getting out,” Trump said during a Rose Garden announcement, according to the New York Post. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
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To critics, the most concerning aspect of the U.S. participating in the Paris Agreement was the detrimental impact on U.S. competitiveness and jobs, as a prominent study found.
NERA Consulting determined that in order to meet the requirements President Obama signed us up for under the accord, it would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades.
To make matters worse, by 2040, our already-struggling economy was projected to lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
Not to mention, the deal would have effectively killed…