‘A new president could simply give 30 days’ notice, and we’re right back in the Paris agreement…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Trump administration’s changes to environmental policy have been less consequential than they initially seemed, former Vice President Al Gore said in an interview Monday.
“Trump has had less of an impact so far than I feared that he would,” Gore said in an interview with The Associated Pressduring a visit to Greensboro, NC. “Someone said last year his administration is a blend of malevolence and incompetence. I think they’ve made some mistakes in some of the moves they’ve made. The courts have blocked some of what they wanted to do as a result.”
Gore specifically mentioned the Paris Climate Accord, saying Trump hasn’t been able to change the environmental rules as quickly as he wanted.
Even though the U.S. withdrew from the agreement earlier this year, it can’t officially take place until the day after the 2020 presidential election.
If a new president was elected in 2020, Gore said the U.S. could reenter the Paris agreement without a problem.
“If there’s a new president — excuse me for a moment,” Gore said, placing his hands together as if in prayer, “Then a new president could simply give 30 days’ notice, and we’re right back in the Paris agreement.”
Gore alleged that current dangers facing the environment include the loosening of regulations for dumps of coal ash.
“And there are hundreds of other environmental procedures and regulations that Trump’s group has begun to undo,” Gore said. “So he’s doing some damage, but overall I would say less than I had feared.”