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Tillerson: US will continue to cut emissions despite pullout

Tillerson: US will continue to cut emissions despite pullout
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday attempted to calm the situation when the US withdrew from the Paris Agreement, saying it was a “policy decision” that would not change “ongoing efforts” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Fox News reported.

He also praised US efforts to combat climate change and said many of those gains were made outside of the Paris agreement.

“I think it’s important that everyone recognizes the United States has a terrific record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions,. It’s something I think we can be proud of and that was done in absence of a Paris agreement,” the former CEO of Exxon Mobil said after meeting with Brazil’s foreign minister at the State Department.

In an administration divided over to remain in the accords, Tillerson was one of several officials pushing to stay in for the purpose of maintaining US diplomatic power.

During his Senate confirmation hearings, he said it was “important that the US maintains its seat at the table about how to address the threat of climate change, which does require a global response.”

It is worth mentioning that the US president Donald Trump has stated Thursday that US withdrew from the Paris climate accord, a sweeping step that fulfills a campaign promise that he wants to "renegotiate" a fairer deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.

Last Modified: Saturday، 03 June 2017 02:11 PM
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