The Paris Climate Agreement was considered a major breakthrough by most environmentalists. The US was e in a leadership role recognizing carbon emissions reductions requires international agreements, particularly from Brazil, India and China.
Trump vigorously campaigned against the Paris Climate Agreement. He said repeatedly the Agreement was against our national interest, and was a job killing/ coal industry destruction plan. The Democrats were trying to put the coal industry out of business.
Now, two of the largest coal companies, Peabody and Cloud Peak are urging Trump to break his promises and stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. Murray Energy, a private company which bills itself as America’s largest coal company, wants Trump to pull out. Robert Murray was at the signing of the Executive Orders to rescind the Clean Power regulations.
The reasons to stay in, is to keep EU leaders from taking control and setting tight international environmental standards on the burning of coal. This would hurt US export of coal, which declined by 23% in 2015. The 2016 figures have not yet been released, but I don’t expect any better numbers. Our exports are around 74 million short tons. Major declines in exports were from UK, Italy and South Korea in 2015.
It is also quoted in the article below that pulling out of the Accords might affect World Bank funding for international coal projects, which would hurt only the very large coal companies. Most of the coal companies operate only in the US. Peabody coal owns coal mines in Australia. It may be there is concern with World Bank financing new coal generating plants. Being part of the Accords can give the major platform to promote “clean coal technology.”
Trump’s campaign rode on Republican rhetoric and the highly simplistic theme of America First. The most pro-coal industry president we ever had, may end up doing more harm than good to his supporters.