Twenty Members of the European parliament from six EU member-states have written an open letter to President Donald J. Trump calling for early implementation of his campaign pledge to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Treaty. In their letter, they say that a US withdrawal from the Paris accord “would effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all”. They applaud the new and more positive approach which President Trump is taking to climate and energy issues, and say they “are pressing for similar policies on this (European) side of the Atlantic”.
They also raise their concerns about the EPA’s “endangerment” finding with regard to CO2, and urge the President to revisit the issue. They argue that the finding “has no sound basis in science, but provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies”.
Commenting on the letter, UKIP’s Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer, who set up the initiative, said “It is clear that the EU’s extreme green policies are doing huge damage to EU industry and EU competitiveness, and are driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investments with them. At the same time these policies have a trivial effect on the climate. Billions spent on “green” investments amount to little more than gesture politics and virtue-signalling from politicians spending other people’s money”.