Gingrich: The poor ‘get crushed’ by deals like Paris climate accord
Former Republican President Newt Gingrich (Ga.) Backed Sunday that international agreements such as the Paris climate agreement ultimately hurt developing countries that can not afford to implement environmental regulations.
“The working poor and the poorest people on the planet are crushed by such agreements,” Gingrich said in Fox & Friends. “I am in favor of greater economic growth. The richer countries are better for the environment, the poorer countries are inevitably more difficult for the environment.”
The Paris agreement commits rich countries and poor countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the effects of climate change.
The largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, such as the United States, China and Europe, pledged in 2015 to limit the global temperature increase over the next 50 years by 3 degrees Celsius.
In fact, many of the world’s poorest countries are among the strongest advocates of the Paris climate agreement as they are seen as particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change.
Leaders of some of the less developed countries have argued that the garment is not enough and that they should commit to limiting the temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius.
President Trump refused on Saturday to join another group of seven leaders pledging support for the 195-nation climate deal. He bit on Saturday morning that he has not yet decided whether to take the United States on the case and that the decision would be made this week.
Trump has pledged to repeal environmental regulations and revitalize the fossil fuel industry in the United States, particularly the coal industry. If the US Withdraw from the Paris Treaty, which would be his biggest reprimand for Obama-era environmental policies.