1. US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout: Rex Tillerson

US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout: Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed the significance of the US pullout from the Paris climate pact, arguing today that America still will continue taking steps to cut heat-trapping pollution.

By: | Washington | Published: June 3, 2017 12:28 AM
rex tillerson, us emission cut, paris climate agreement, us on paris agreement, rex tillerson paris agreement Tillerson said people need to recognize that the US has a “terrific record” of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is “something I think we can be proud of.” (Reuters)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed the significance of the US pullout from the Paris climate pact, arguing today that America still will continue taking steps to cut heat-trapping pollution. In his first public comments on President Donald Trump’s move, Tillerson called it a policy decision by the president. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil CEO, had urged Trump not to abandon the deal but was ultimately overruled.

Tillerson said people need to recognize that the US has a “terrific record” of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is “something I think we can be proud of.” “That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement,” Tillerson said. “I don’t think we’re going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either.”

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“So hopefully, people can keep it in perspective,” the secretary added. Tillerson spoke at the State Department during a photo-op with visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.

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