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The Bern that keeps on burning.
On Wednesday, the senator posted a scathing tweet about the president in response to Exxon’s manager for environmental policy, Peter Trelenberg, who asked Trump to keep the U.S. as part of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
According to the Independent, Trelenberg wrote a letter to Trump’s special assistant for international energy and the environment arguing that the Paris Agreement would allow for the support of using natural gas, and that it’s an “effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change.”
Under the Paris Agreement, the U.S. has promised to reduce its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below levels recorded in 2005. But during the election, Trump vowed to dismantle pro-environmental policies of the Obama administration, a move Trump expanded upon on Tuesday when he signed an executive order to begin dismantling and rewriting the emission-regulating Clean Power Plan.
“It is prudent that the United States remain a party to the Paris agreement to ensure a level playing field, so that global energy markets remain as free and competitive as possible,” Trelenberg wrote.
Upon seeing that Exxon, an oil company, urged for Trump, the president, to commit to lower the country’s emissions, Sanders tweeted out a brutal response.
It is pathetic that the largest oil company in the world understands more about climate change than the president of the United States. https://t.co/5EPP05KNUE
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 29, 2017
Trump has yet to make a decision on the Paris Agreement, but State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Exxon’s former CEO, said he would support the Paris Agreement with some changes, and the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, allegedly wants to make climate change one of her central issues, according to AlterNet. Meanwhile, senior adviser Steve Bannon is pushing for the U.S.’s removal from the agreement.
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