What North Dakotans think about the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement has captured the nation’s attention when President Donald Trump removed the U.S. from the accord.

For the 195 countries in the agreement, the goal is to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to limit factors that contribute to global warming. 

Senator John Hoeven said earlier today that leaving this agreement was only fair.

The president of a local coal manufacturer agreed with President Trump’s decision; but this isn’t a sentiment shared across the board.

Lignite Energy Council’s president says President Trump took a step to avoid economic damage.

Jason Bohrer: “Overall, I think there was more potential harm from remaining in that climate agreement than there was potential gain for it.”

The other side of the aisle says actually tackling climate issues isn’t going to work in a self-governing system

Don Morrison: “The North Dakota policy of just leaving it to the industry to police themselves doesn’t work.”

U.S. Senator John Hoeven shed some light on the logic behind the president’s decision.

John Hoeven: “It’s really not an agreement that’s fair to the US. We’re saying ok, we’re reducing and we have to reduce and other countries like China and Russia and India don’t. It should be fair and I think that’s what he’s saying. He’s willing to renegotiate it on the basis that it’s fair to the U.S.”

Some are ok with current methods.

Jason Bohrer: “Because we are already committed to finding carbon dioxide solutions.”

Other’s say it’s not nearly enough.

Don Morrison: “We need to have a much stronger “do it right” policy in North Dakota and really actually implement the laws.”

Senator Heidi Heitkamp said, “the United States can’t remain an energy leader if we aren’t even at the negotiating table” and called Trump’s decision reckless. France, Germany, and Italy rejected America’s call to reopen conversations about climate.

 

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