Caving To Trump On Climate? Paris Accord Still Up For Talks, Says Macron At Press Conference

Before getting to the yesterday’s Trump/Macron press conference, first I wish to bring up the nice reaction we got from Curtis Stone, the urban farmer I featured here a couple of days ago here in a less than flattering manner. (Now I wish I had not been so hard on him).

Here’s the comment he left:

Hey Pierre, a friend of mine forwarded this article you wrote about me. I want to thank you for it and let you know that I agree with most of what you said in the article. That video you found on me is pretty old. I have changed my views a lot in the last number of years. I am very pro free market and also think man made climate change is BS! Anyways, thanks for the article. I had a good laugh reading it. I can’t believe how much I’ve changed since then.

Curtis Stone”

You see, people do grow out of phases. The good news is that once someone figures out a complex issue like climate, they never go back and ‘unfigure’ it out. The alarmists have lost one.

Macron Budges On Climate

New signals coming from Paris? Public domain photo.

After Trump rejected the Paris Accord weeks earlier, Europeans huffed and vowed that the Paris Accord was not up for any negotiation. Signatories, led by Germany and France, them seemed to move to isolate the United States and President Donald Trump. But now it seems Macron his softened the line a bit.

Trump offering “commitments”, Macron open to talk

At mentioned “commitments” from Trump and that they were open to talk about the climate accord.


At the 16:20 mark of the video above when asked by a reporter about Trump possibly getting back onboard the Paris climate accord, Macron replied by confirming there were indeed “a number of disagreements” on the issue, but that the climate disagreement “should not have an impact on the other topics“.

The French President affirmed that they “share the same views some major common goals on many other topics, all other topics.” Macron the stated on climate:

Next, well of course President Trump…will tell you about it, but he’s made a number of commitments, that we are going to be working together and my willingness to continue to work with the United States and the President on this very major topic. I understand that it’s important to save jobs and that being said, we shall leave the United States of America work on what it’s roadmap and to continue to talk about it.”

Will “continue talking”

Before Macron emphasized his strong commitment to the Paris Accord, he added:

I believe there is a joint willingness to continue talking about this, and to try and find the best possible agreement.”

From the press conference we can gather that Trump “made some commitments, though no details on this were provided. Moreover it is made clear that they are going to keep discussing the issue, which means that the Accord may be not yet set in stone after all.


10 responses to “Caving To Trump On Climate? Paris Accord Still Up For Talks, Says Macron At Press Conference”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    “the Accord”, a big climate slush fund controlled by the UN, is dead.

    Many things will be done to provide energy, be more efficient, and so on.
    The UN would be a hinderance, not a help, with these activities.

  2. Kenneth Richard

    If any change occurs, it will likely be monetary: the U.S. won’t be told it has to send tens of billions to developing countries.

    It really doesn’t matter what the U.S. does as far as cutting back further on emissions. The rest of the world is building 1,600 more coal plants in the coming years and expanding coal capacity by 43%. The whole Paris Accord deal was a bunch of nothing.
    China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.

    These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.

    Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.

  3. R2Dtoo

    I’m not sure I read any significant change into the comments. Trump already said that the US would work to reduce emissions within the development strategies he is proposing. It is smart business to improve efficiencies in fossil fuel use. The switch to natural gas alone likely will continue reduction of US emissions. Maybe the EU should smarten up on fracking and nuclear and reduce their emissions.

  4. Brian W.

    Not as of yet! Aug 16, 2016 Donald Trump on Climate Change

    Excerpt of Miami Herald interview with Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

  5. AndyG55

    Let’s call it what it was.. The Paris AGENDA.

  6. Henning Nielsen

    Greetings to Mr. Curtis Stone! Happy to see that he’s changed his views about CAGW, and very impressed that he takes all that flak thrown against him (also by me) in such a sporty manner.

    1. wert

      I’m glad he took it with humor. Thanks Curtis for you message to us.

      1. wert

        *your message

  7. yonason (from my cell phone)
  8. Mervyn

    Trump is simply being nice if he is implying a possible renegotiating of the Paris Agreement .

    The Paris Agreement, and Trump’s energy and economic policies, are mutually exclusive.

    The Paris Agreement is all about global economic contraction. Trump’s energy and economic policies are all about economic growth.

    For Trump, it’s one choice or the other. Either Trump must believe the IPCC, that CO2 drives temperature and the climate, or he must believe the science e.g.

    1. Humlum et al that demonstrates it’s CO2 that reacts to temperature changes not the other way round.

    2. Antarctic ice-core data analyses that show as temperature changed, CO2 changed some 800 years later, in response.

    Once Trump gets his head around the science, the US must never participate in any Paris Agreement. In fact it should withdraw from the IPCC and UNFCCC.

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