Papst (Franziskus) ermutigt zur Öko-Bekehrung

Papst Franziskus bei der Audienz mit der „Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice-Stiftung“ 2018 (ANSA)

Wir müssen unser Gespür für die ökologische Herausforderung weiterentwickeln: Dazu hat Papst Franziskus aufgerufen. Trotz übergroßer Probleme dürfe man die Hoffnung auf einen ökologischen Wandel nicht aufgeben, sagte das Kirchenoberhaupt im Vatikan vor den Teilnehmern der Jahrestagung der Stiftung Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice.

Die päpstliche Stiftung, die vor 26 Jahren von Johannes Paul II. für die Förderung der kirchlichen Soziallehre gegründet wurde, beschäftigte sich auf der Tagung mit der Sozialenzyklika Laudato Si‘ von 2015. Franziskus würdigte im Rückblick auf diese Zeit, dass seither immer mehr Staaten sich zu den UN-Nachhaltigkeitszielen verpflichten. Ferner lobte er „zunehmende Investitionen in erneuerbare und nachhaltige Energien, neue Methoden der Energieeffizienz und eine größere Sensibilität für ökologische Anliegen besonders unter den jungen Menschen.“ Im April war es am Rand einer Generalaudienz zu einer Begegnung des Papstes mit der Klimawandel-Aktivistin Greta Thunberg gekommen.

Eine Vision, die nicht spaltet, sondern eint

Zugleich bemängelte Franziskus, in vielen Staaten sei der Fortschritt diesbezüglich „langsam oder nicht existent, manchmal sogar rückläufig“: „All das macht es schwierig, eine ökonomische, ökologische und soziale Solidarität und Nachhaltigkeit in einer humaneren Wirtschaft voranzubringen, einer Wirtschaft, die nicht nur die Befriedigung unmittelbarer Wünsche, sondern auch den Wohlstand der zukünftigen Generationen berücksichtigt“, gibt Franziskus zu. Dennoch dürfe man nicht aufgeben, sondern müsse eine wirkliche Bekehrung einleiten mit ethischen Visionen, die, so Franziskus, „den Menschen in den Mittelpunkt stellen, um niemanden an den Rändern des Lebens zurückzulassen. Eine Vision, die mehr vereint als spaltet, mehr einbezieht als ausschließt.“  Franziskus erinnerte daran, dass Laudato Si‘ keine Öko-, sondern vielmehr eine Sozialenzyklika sei. 

“unsere Identität als Söhne und Töchter unseres himmlichen Vaters”

Die Entwicklung einer ganzheitlichen Ökologie sei Berufung und Aufgabe zugleich, fuhr Franziskus fort. Zu dieser Berufung gehöre die Wiederentdeckung unserer Identität. Damit meint der Papst aber nicht die derzeit diskutierten Vorstellungen nationaler Identität, sondern vielmehr „unsere Identität als Söhne und Töchter unseres himmlischen Vaters, die nach dem göttlichen Bild geschaffen und beauftragt wurden, Hüter der Erde zu sein“. Diese Identität begründe sowohl die geschwisterliche Solidarität als auch die „geteilte Verantwortung für unser gemeinsames Haus“, erklärte Franziskus.

Die Aufgabe bestehe darin, Entwicklungsmodelle auf individueller, gemeinschaftlicher und politisch-institutioneller Ebene zu verändern. Obwohl dies geradezu einschüchternd groß erscheine, ermutigte der Papst die Teilnehmenden der Konferenz abschließend, die Hoffnung nicht zu verlieren, die auf den Vater im Himmel gründe:  „Er verlässt uns nicht, er lässt uns nicht allein, denn er hat sich selbst endgültig an unsere Erde gebunden und seine Liebe treibt uns ständig an, neue Wege vorwärts zu finden.“

Was ist Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice?

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) ist eine päpstliche Stiftung mit Sitz im Vatikan. Papst Johannes Paul II. hatte sie 1983 zusammen mit einer Gruppe katholischer Unternehmer gegründet. Ziel der Stiftung ist die weltweite Förderung der katholischen Soziallehre. Vizepräsident im Verwaltungsrat ist der deutsche Textilunternehmer und Wirtschaftsethiker Thomas Rusche.

(vatican news – fr/gs)

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Papst an Finanzminister: Klimaabkommen COP21 überlebensnotwendig

Von den Verpflichtungen des Pariser Klimaabkommens COP21 hängt das Überleben der Menschheit ab. Davon ist Papst Franziskus überzeugt und darauf ging er an diesem Montag bei einer Audienz für Finanzminister verschiedener Nationen ein. Das Treffen fand im Rahmen einer Konferenz der Päpstlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften statt.

Mario Galgano – Vatikanstadt

Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz seien für die Menschheit „und die gesamte Schöpfung“ von großer Bedeutung, so der Papst in seiner Rede. „Wir leben in einer Zeit, in der Gewinne und Verluste höher bewertet zu sein scheinen als Leben und Tod, und in der der wirtschaftliche Wert eines Unternehmens Vorrang vor dem unendlichen Wert unserer Menschheitsfamilie hat“, fuhr Franziskus fort.

Doch das Treffen im Vatikan sei ein guter Anlass, um darüber nachzudenken, „wie diese tiefe Krise, die durch eine Verwechslung unseres Moralbuchs mit unserem Finanzbuch verursacht wurde, behoben werden kann“, erläuterte der Papst. Sie seien zusammengekommen, um zu helfen, eine Krise zu stoppen, welche die Welt in eine Katastrophe führe.

Seine Enzyklika Laudato Si‘ zitierend erläuterte Franziskus, die heutige globale Interdependenz zwinge alle mit einem gemeinsamen Plan zu denken. Er erinnerte an das im Jahr 2015 geschlossene Abkommen der Nationen, welches die Ziele der Vereinten Nationen für nachhaltige Entwicklung verfolge. Als Finanzminister seien sie für die Erreichung dieser Ziele verantwortlich, so der Papst. Es seien schließlich Ziele, die sich die Regierungen gesetzt hätten, um der Menschheit eine Zukunft zu garantieren. „Wir müssen das erreichen, worauf wir uns geeinigt haben, denn davon hängen unser Überleben und unser Wohlbefinden ab“, so der Papst.

Die Zeichen heute seien nicht gut. Die Investitionen in fossile Brennstoffe stiegen weiter an, so Franziskus, auch wenn Wissenschaftler sagten, dass fossile Brennstoffe unter der Erde bleiben sollten. Er verwies darauf, dass die Internationale Energieagentur kürzlich berichtet habe, dass die Investitionen in saubere Energien im zweiten Jahr in Folge wieder gesunken seien, obwohl Experten immer wieder den Nutzen von sauberer Energie aus Wind, Sonne und Wasser für die menschliche Umwelt nachgewiesen hätten. „Wir gehen alte Wege weiter, weil wir durch unsere fehlerhafte Buchführung und in Eigeninteressen gefangen sind. Wir betrachten immer noch als Gewinn, was unser Überleben bedroht.“

Untätigkeit ist erschreckend

Die Auswirkungen der globalen Untätigkeit seien erschreckend. Vor etwa zwei Wochen registrierten mehrere wissenschaftliche Forschungszentren die Kohlendioxidkonzentration in der Atmosphäre – eine der wichtigsten Ursachen der globalen Erwärmung im Zusammenhang mit menschlichen Aktivitäten – mit 415 ppm, dem höchsten jemals registrierten Wert. Auf der ganzen Welt würde man derzeit Hitzewellen, Dürren, Waldbrände, Überschwemmungen und andere extreme meteorologische Ereignisse, steigende Meeresspiegel, das Auftreten von Krankheiten und weitere Probleme sehen, „die nur eine schreckliche Vorahnung der Dinge sind, die noch viel schlimmer werden, wenn wir nicht dringend handeln“.

Während des Treffens im Vatikan hätten die Finanzminister Reden von führenden Klimatologen und Experten gehört. „Ihre Botschaft war klar und eindringlich“, so der Papst. „Wir müssen entschlossen handeln, um alle Treibhausgasemissionen bis spätestens Mitte des Jahrhunderts zu beenden, und noch mehr tun.“

Die Kohlendioxidkonzentration müsse deutlich sinken, „um die Sicherheit unseres gemeinsamen Hauses zu gewährleisten“. Auch hätten sie gehört, dass dies durch den Einsatz sauberer Energie und die Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz kostengünstig erreicht werden könne. „Die Vernunft selbst macht dies deutlich und sollte als Grundlage für unser gemeinsames Handeln dienen. Lassen Sie uns daher beschließen, gemeinsam für diese Ziele zu arbeiten: um das Wichtige zu schätzen, nicht das Überflüssige; unsere volkswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnungen und unsere Geschäftskonten zu korrigieren, um nicht mehr an Aktivitäten teilzunehmen, die unseren Planeten zerstören; um die globale Abhängigkeit von fossilen Brennstoffen zu beenden; ein neues Kapitel sauberer und sicherer Energie zu eröffnen, die zum Beispiel erneuerbare Ressourcen wie Wind, Sonne und Wasser nutzt; vor allem, in unseren Volkswirtschaften umsichtig und verantwortungsbewusst zu handeln, um die Bedürfnisse der Menschen tatsächlich zu befriedigen, die Menschenwürde zu fördern, den Armen zu helfen und vom Götzendienst des Geldes zu befreien, das so viel Leid verursacht.“

Es sei seine Hoffnung, dass die Finanzminister sich als Verwalter der Weltfinanzen auf einen gemeinsamen Plan einigen würden, welcher der Klimawissenschaft, dem neuesten Stand der Technik für saubere Energien und vor allem der Ethik der Menschenwürde entspräche. Deshalb bitte er sie, ihre Kollegen aus den Finanzministerien auf der ganzen Welt einzuladen, sich ihren Bemühungen und Plänen anzuschließen. „Möge Ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Wissenschaftlern, Technikern und den Völkern Ihrer Nationen, insbesondere der Ärmsten, die Ziele der nachhaltigen Entwicklung und das Pariser Klimaabkommen erreichen.“

Sobald der gemeinsame Plan von den Regierungen vereinbart sei, hoffe er, „dass wir uns wieder treffen können, um Gott für seine Barmherzigkeit zu danken, die es uns ermöglicht, unseren Weg zu korrigieren, bevor es zu spät ist“. Die Zeit sei von wesentlicher Bedeutung. „Wir erwarten Ihr entschlossenes Handeln zum Wohle der gesamten Menschheit“, schloss der Papst seine Rede.

(vatican news)

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Vatikanische Klima-Hysterie — Kardinal Peter Turkson

Ein hochrangiger Kardinal des Vatikans fordert die Nationen auf, die „Ära der fossilen Brennstoffe“ zu beenden und eine „Intervention“ gegen den Klimawandel durchzuführen. In einer dramatischen Botschaft an die „Wissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft“ am Freitag, sagte Kardinal Peter Turkson, der Leiter des Dikasteriums des Vatikans zur Förderung der ganzheitliche Entwicklung des Menschen, dass die Welt eine wahre „Klimakrise, verursacht durch menschliche Eingriffe in die Natur“ erlebe.

„Die Klimakrise erreicht beispiellose Ausmaße. Daher könnte die Dringlichkeit nicht größer sein“, sagte der Kardinal.

Mit der Warnung, dass „wir nur etwa ein Jahrzehnt Zeit haben, um diese globale Erwärmung zu begrenzen“, sagte Turkson, dass die Nationen der Welt den Temperaturanstieg auf 1,5°C begrenzen müssen, was er „eine kritische physikalische Schwelle“ nannte, da dies immer noch die Vermeidung von vielen zerstörerischen Auswirkungen des vom Menschen verursachten Klimawandels ermöglichen würde.

“Insbesondere würde es wahrscheinlich unser gemeinsames Zuhause davor bewahren, ein ‚Gewächshaus‘ (Treibhaus) zu werden“, sagte er.

Wir „erleben bereits die ernsten Auswirkungen von Klimaänderungen auf den Menschen, im Hinblick auf die extremen Wetterbedingungen wie Dürre, Überschwemmungen, Anstieg des Meeresspiegels, verheerende Stürme und wildes Feuer“, sagte er, und die Klimakrise „erreicht noch nie dagewesene Ausmaße.“

„Die natürliche Welt „zerbricht/zerfällt“, sagte der Kardinal, und die Erwachsenen müssen auf die jungen Menschen hören, deren Zukunft bedroht ist, und die „Veränderung fordern“.

Junge Menschen fordern den „dringenden Übergang zu erneuerbaren Energiequellen“ und das „Ende der Ära der fossilen Brennstoffe“, was sich in ihren Klimaschutzstreiks und Demonstrationen manifestiert.

„Es ist Zeit, eine Intervention zu organisieren“, sagte er.

„Wir müssen alle unseren Lebensstil radikal ändern: Energieverbrauch, Genuss, Verkehr, industrielle Produktion, Bau, Landwirtschaft usw. Jeder von uns ist zum Handeln aufgerufen“, sagte er.

Der Kardinal warnte auch, dass es „mächtige Interessen gibt, die unsere kollektive Reaktion auf diese beispiellose Bedrohung unserer Zivilisation behindern“, und diese Interessen müssen besiegt werden.“

Jetzt sind drastische Maßnahmen erforderlich, um den Kurs zu ändern“, sagte er.

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Full text of Trump’s speech – ‚Draconian‘ Paris accord dumped

Trump’s speech on the Paris climate agreement, in full

“Thank you very much. [Applause.] Thank you. I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period of time. But it is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected.

“Before we discuss the Paris accord, I’d like to begin with an update on our tremendous – absolutely tremendous – economic progress since election day on November 8th. The economy is starting to come back, and very, very rapidly. We’ve added $3.3tn in stock market value to our economy, and more than a million private sector jobs.

“I have just returned from a trip overseas where we concluded nearly $350 billion of military and economic development for the United States, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. It was a very, very successful trip, believe me. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

“In my meetings at the G7, we have taken historic steps to demand fair and reciprocal trade that gives Americans a level playing field against other nations. We’re also working very hard for peace in the Middle East, and perhaps even peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

“Our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped up – and you see that, you see it all over – from the previous administration, including getting many other countries to make major contributions to the fight against terror. Big, big contributions are being made by countries that weren’t doing so much in the form of contribution.

“One by one, we are keeping the promises I made to the American people during my campaign for president – whether it’s cutting job-killing regulations; appointing and confirming a tremendous supreme court justice; putting in place tough new ethics rules; achieving a record reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border; or bringing jobs, plants, and factories back into the United States at numbers which no one until this point thought even possible. And believe me, we’ve just begun. The fruits of our labor will be seen very shortly even more so.

“On these issues and so many more, we’re following through on our commitments. And I don’t want anything to get in our way. I am fighting every day for the great people of this country.

“Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord – [applause] thank you, thank you – but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers. So we’re getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine. [Applause.]

“As president, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens. The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers – who I love – and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.

“Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune.

“Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7m lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates. This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs – not what we need – believe me, this is not what we need – including automobile jobs, and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely. They rely for so much, and we would be giving them so little.

“According to this same study, by 2040, compliance with the commitments put into place by the previous administration would cut production for the following sectors: paper down 12%; cement down 23%; iron and steel down 38%; coal – and I happen to love the coal miners – down 86%; natural gas down 31%. The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3tn in lost GDP and 6.5m industrial jobs, while households would have $7,000 less income and, in many cases, much worse than that.

“Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals. As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States – which is what it does – the world’s leader in environmental protection, while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters.

“For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years – 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us. India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. There are many other examples. But the bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.

“Further, while the current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America – which it does, and the mines are starting to open up. We’re having a big opening in two weeks. Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand new mine. It’s unheard of. For many, many years, that hasn’t happened. They asked me if I’d go. I’m going to try.

“China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants.

“In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries.

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States. The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris agreement – they went wild; they were so happy – for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage. A cynic would say the obvious reason for economic competitors and their wish to see us remain in the agreement is so that we continue to suffer this self-inflicted major economic wound. We would find it very hard to compete with other countries from other parts of the world.

“We have among the most abundant energy reserves on the planet, sufficient to lift millions of America’s poorest workers out of poverty. Yet, under this agreement, we are effectively putting these reserves under lock and key, taking away the great wealth of our nation – it’s great wealth, it’s phenomenal wealth; not so long ago, we had no idea we had such wealth – and leaving millions and millions of families trapped in poverty and joblessness.

“The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries. At 1% growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand, but at 3 or 4% growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country – [applause] – will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts, our businesses will come to a halt in many cases, and the American family will suffer the consequences in the form of lost jobs and a very diminished quality of life.

“Even if the Paris agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree – think of that; this much – Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount. In fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America – and this is an incredible statistic – would totally wipe out the gains from America’s expected reductions in the year 2030, after we have had to spend billions and billions of dollars, lost jobs, closed factories, and suffered much higher energy costs for our businesses and for our homes.

“As the Wall Street Journal wrote this morning: ‘The reality is that withdrawing is in America’s economic interest and won’t matter much to the climate.’ The United States, under the Trump administration, will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth. We’ll be the cleanest. We’re going to have the cleanest air. We’re going to have the cleanest water. We will be environmentally friendly, but we’re not going to put our businesses out of work and we’re not going to lose our jobs. We’re going to grow; we’re going to grow rapidly. [Applause.]

“And I think you just read – it just came out minutes ago, the small business report – small businesses as of just now are booming, hiring people. One of the best reports they’ve seen in many years.

“I’m willing to immediately work with Democratic leaders to either negotiate our way back into Paris, under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers, or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers. [Applause.]

“So if the obstructionists want to get together with me, let’s make them non-obstructionists. We will all sit down, and we will get back into the deal. And we’ll make it good, and we won’t be closing up our factories, and we won’t be losing our jobs. And we’ll sit down with the Democrats and all of the people that represent either the Paris accord or something that we can do that’s much better than the Paris accord. And I think the people of our country will be thrilled, and I think then the people of the world will be thrilled. But until we do that, we’re out of the agreement.

“I will work to ensure that America remains the world’s leader on environmental issues, but under a framework that is fair and where the burdens and responsibilities are equally shared among the many nations all around the world.

“No responsible leader can put the workers – and the people – of their country at this debilitating and tremendous disadvantage. The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States, while empowering some of the world’s top polluting countries, should dispel any doubt as to the real reason why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement: It’s to give their country an economic edge over the United States. That’s not going to happen while I’m president. I’m sorry. [Applause.]

“My job as president is to do everything within my power to give America a level playing field and to create the economic, regulatory and tax structures that make America the most prosperous and productive country on Earth, and with the highest standard of living and the highest standard of environmental protection.

“Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised. The Republicans are working very, very hard. We’d love to have support from the Democrats, but we may have to go it alone. But it’s going very well.

“The Paris agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country’s expense. They don’t put America first. I do, and I always will. [Applause.]

“The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance. You see what’s happening. It’s pretty obvious to those that want to keep an open mind.

“At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens, and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. They won’t be.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. [Applause.] I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests. Many trade deals will soon be under renegotiation. Very rarely do we have a deal that works for this country, but they’ll soon be under renegotiation. The process has begun from day one. But now we’re down to business.

“Beyond the severe energy restrictions inflicted by the Paris Accord, it includes yet another scheme to redistribute wealth out of the United States through the so-called Green Climate Fund – nice name – which calls for developed countries to send $100bn to developing countries all on top of America’s existing and massive foreign aid payments. So we’re going to be paying billions and billions and billions of dollars, and we’re already way ahead of anybody else. Many of the other countries haven’t spent anything, and many of them will never pay one dime.

“The green fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars of which the United States has already handed over $1bn –nobody else is even close; most of them haven’t even paid anything – including funds raided out of America’s budget for the war against terrorism. That’s where they came. Believe me, they didn’t come from me. They came just before I came into office. Not good. And not good the way they took the money.

“In 2015, the United Nation’s departing top climate officials reportedly described the $100bn per year as ‘peanuts’, and stated that ‘the $100bn is the tail that wags the dog’. In 2015, the Green Climate Fund’s executive director reportedly stated that estimated funding needed would increase to $450bn per year after 2020. And nobody even knows where the money is going to. Nobody has been able to say, where is it going to?

“Of course, the world’s top polluters have no affirmative obligations under the green fund, which we terminated. America is $20tn in debt. Cash-strapped cities cannot hire enough police officers or fix vital infrastructure. Millions of our citizens are out of work. And yet, under the Paris accord, billions of dollars that ought to be invested right here in America will be sent to the very countries that have taken our factories and our jobs away from us. So think of that.

“There are serious legal and constitutional issues as well. Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia, and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the US economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives. Thus, our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty. [Applause.] Our constitution is unique among all the nations of the world, and it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it. And I will.

“Staying in the agreement could also pose serious obstacles for the United States as we begin the process of unlocking the restrictions on America’s abundant energy reserves, which we have started very strongly. It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic economic affairs, but this is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we do not negotiate a far better deal.

“The risks grow as historically these agreements only tend to become more and more ambitious over time. In other words, the Paris framework is a starting point – as bad as it is – not an end point. And exiting the agreement protects the United States from future intrusions on the United States’ sovereignty and massive future legal liability. Believe me, we have massive legal liability if we stay in.

“As president, I have one obligation, and that obligation is to the American people. The Paris accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risks, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. It is time to exit the Paris accord –[applause] – and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens, and our country.

“It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – along with many, many other locations within our great country – before Paris, France. It is time to make America great again. [Applause.] Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

“Thank you very much. Very important. I’d like to ask Scott Pruitt, who most of you know and respect, as I do, just to say a few words.”

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Administrator Scott Pruitt Speech On Paris Accord, As Prepared

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June 1, 2017 – Thank you, Mr. President.

Your decision today to exit the Paris Accord reflects your unflinching commitment to put America First. And by exiting, you are fulfilling yet one more campaign promise to the American people.

Please know that I am thankful for your fortitude – courage – and steadfastness as you serve and lead our country.

America finally has a leader who answers only to the people – not the special interests who have had their way for much too long.  In everything you do, you are fighting for the forgotten men and women of America.  You are the champion for hardworking citizens all across this land who just want a government that puts their needs first.

You have promised to put America First in all aspects of your Administration. And you have done that in any number of ways – from trade – to national security – to protecting our border – to right-sizing government here in Washington, D.C.

And today, you have put America First with regard to international agreements and the environment. This is a historic restoration of American Economic Independence – one that will benefit the working class, the working poor, and working people of all stripes.  With this action, you have declared that people are the rulers of this country once again.

It should be noted that we as a nation do it better than anyone in the world in striking the balance between growing jobs and our economy – while also being a good steward of our environment. We owe no apologies to other nations for our environmental stewardship.

After all – before the Paris Accord was ever signed – America had reduced its CO2 footprint to levels of the early 1990s.  In fact – between the years 2000 and 2014, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by more than 18 percent and this was accomplished largely by American innovation and technology from the private sector rather than government mandate.

For that reason – you have corrected a view that was paramount in Paris – that somehow the United States should penalize its economy – be apologetic – lead with our chin – while the rest of the world does little. Other nations talk a good game – We lead with action –  not words.

Our efforts should be on exporting our technology and innovation to nations who seek to reduce their CO2 footprint – to learn from us. That should be our focus versus agreeing to unachievable targets that harm our economy and the American people.

Mr. President – it takes courage and commitment to say no to the plaudits of men while doing what’s right by the American people.

You have that courage –

And the American people can take comfort because you have their back.

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