Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross: President Trump Is An Environmentalist | TODAY


PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
MATT? >>ALL RIGHT.
PETER ALEXANDER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>>WE’RE JOINED NOW BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCEMMERCE, WI
ROSS. MR. SECRETARY, IT’S GOOD TO SEE
YOU THIS MORNING. THANKS FOR JOINING US.
>>GOOD TO BE ON WITH YOU, MATT.>>BEFORE YOU JOINED THE
PRESIDENT’S CABINET, YOU’RE A BUSINESS GUY.
YOU MADE A NAME FOR YOURSELF AND A FORTUNE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD.
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOUR FORMER COLLEAGUES IN BUSINESS?
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO CEOs OF MAJOR COMPANIES?
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE LIKE ELON MUSK AND BOB IGER, WHO HAVE
NOW PULLED OFF THE PRESIDENTIAL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL IN
PROTEST OVER THIS? WHY ARE THEY WRONG?
>>I THINK THEY’RE WRONG, BECAUSE WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS
NOT DOING IS SAYING HE’S NOT GOING TO TRY TO IMPROVE CLIMATE.
WHAT HE IS SAYING IS THIS PARTICULAR AGREEMENT DOES NOT
APPEAL, WAS DESTRUCTIVE OF U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH GOING OUT INTO
THE FUTURE. I THINK THEY’RE CONFUSING THE
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE AGREEMENT WITH THE IDEA THAT HE’S AGAINST
HELPING THE CLIMATE. THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
>>BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY, YOU TALK
ABOUT THE LOSS OF JOBS, YOU’RE ECHOING WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID
IN THE ROSE GARDEN YESTERDAY, AND I BELIEVE YOU’RE BOTH
QUOTING FROM A SURVEY THAT WAS CONDUCTED BACK IN 2005 THAT’S
BEEN ROUNDRY CRITICIZED. IT TOOK NUMBERS AND PLUGGED THEM
IN IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IN ABOUT EVERY ASPECT OF THE PARIS
ACCORD AND CAME UP WITH A KIND OF DOOMSDAY SCENARIO.
YOU WOULDN’T USE THAT KIND OF SURVEY IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS.
WOULD YOU? >>YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOUR
DOWN SIDE IS. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT THING, AND
PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO FORECAST EVENTS MANY YEARS
OUT INTO THE FUTURE, IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO BE ACCURATE.
SO WHILE THERE MAY BE PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT THIS PARTICULAR CASE IS
THE DOWN SIDE CASE, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT’S WRONG, AND IT
DOESN’T MEAN THAT DIRECTIONALLY IT ISN’T RIGHT.
>>LET ME ASK YOU THIS, SECRETARY ROSS.
MANY MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S INNER CIRCLE, I’M THINKING OF
SECRETARY TILLERSON AND MATTIS, WHO ARGUED FOR STAYING IN THE
PARIS ACCORD AND ONE OF THE REASONS THEY CAME UP WITH, IS
THAT FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY.
SO BY PULLING OUT OF THE PARIS ACCORDS, HAVE WE DAMAGED OUR
NATIONAL SECURITY? >>ABSOLUTELY NOT.
THERE’S NOTHING THAT THE WITHDRAWAL REQUIRES US TO DO
THAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO. THE COUNTRY HAS ACTUALLY REDUCED
ITSS QUITE A LITTLE BIT, LARGELY DUE TO GAS, HIGHER
POLLUTE OF FOSSIL FUELS. SO THE PRESIDENT HASN’T CHANGED
ANY OF THAT. HE IS AN ENVIRONMENTALIST.
I’VE KNOWN HIM FOR A LONG TIME. HE’S VERY PRO-ENVIRONMENT.
>>HOW CAN YOU SAY HE’S AN ENVIRONMENTALIST, WHEN HE’S
ROLLED BACK MANY INITIATIVES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND
NOW HE’S BASICALLY TAKEN A 180-DEGREE TURN FROM WHAT THE
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID IN SIGNING THIS PARIS ACCORD?
>>WELL, YOU’RE TAKING AS THE GIVEN THAT THE OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION WAS RIGHT AND ANY OTHER ACTION WAS WRONG.
>>WHAT ABOUT 195 OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD?
>>YEAH. THOSE ARE THE COUNTRIES, AREN’T
FRONT-ENDING BURDENS THE WAY WE WERE ASKED TO DO.
THIS AGREEMENT, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WOULD HAVE ALLOWED CHINA TO
KEEP INCREASING ITS EMISSIONS ALL THE WAY OUT UNTIL 2030.
THAT’S HARDLY CLIMATE CONTROL. WE WERE GIVING MONEY UP FRONT.
THEY’RE ABLE TO CONTINUE INCREASING THEIR EMISSIONS
THROUGH 2030. IS THAT A BALANCED DEAL?
I DON’T THINK SO. >>NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.
IT WAS WEIGHTED IN DIFFERENT WAYS FOR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES,
BUT THE CHINESE HAD COMMITTED TO REDUCING THEIR EMISSIONS BY
ABOUT 60% AFTER 2030. I’LL LEAVE IT ON THAT.
WE’VE GOT A LOT OF MINUTIA WE COULD

18 Replies to “Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross: President Trump Is An Environmentalist | TODAY”

  1. Oh, so the Europeans and the rest of the world lost their cash cow, the U.S. Too bad. Do it on your own. Let China lead… China is the biggest polluter.

  2. Where is this money going to? Who manages this money? Why aren't other countries contributing the same amount? Yea, but who regulates China emissions control? China? Right!! Paris Climate Accord was a big loss for the U.S.

  3. If Obama really wanted this, and if he thought it was such a great idea…. he should have done it the proper way by going through congress. This is another failure of the Obama admin. THANKS GOD FOR TRUMP! Finally, we have a POTUS that actually cares about the American tax payer.

  4. INDIA ALLOW TO DOUBLE COAL PRODUCTION IN THE DEAL IS LIKE SAYING….CANCER IS BAD FOR YOU…BUT LET'S DOUBLE THE CANCER BEFORE INDIA START TAKING MEDICATION…

  5. Im always impressed how Wilbur Ross answers these gotya questions so plainly making the press look so stupid

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