Nikki Haley supports Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris climate agreement

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Nikki Haley

In what can be pegged as a strong sign of support to Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, has said that the US doesn’t need India, China and France telling them what to do in case of the Paris agreement.

Trump last week withdrew the US, the second-largest polluter after China, from the Paris Agreement. Trump had said at the time that India would be get billions of dollars for meeting its commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement along with China and this will enable them to gain a financial advantage over the US.

Trump placed US in the league with two other nations — Syria and Nicaragua — who have not signed onto the deal agreed by over 190 other nations.

“I think the rest of the world would like to tell us how to manage our own environment and I think that anybody in America can tell you that we’re best to decide what America should do. We don’t need India and France and China telling us what they think we should do,” Indian-American Haley said.

Responding to a question on global reaction to Trump’s decision, Haley said countries should continue doing what’s in their best interest. Haley said that the three countries should continue doing what’s best for them and if they believe that the Paris climate deal will help them achieve their goals, they should continue abiding by it.

Haley voiced support for Trump saying business could not be run under the kind of regulations imposed by the Paris Climate deal.

“There’s a reason that President Obama didn’t go through the Senate to get this cleared, because he couldn’t. The regulations were unattainable. I mean you could not actually have a business run under the regulations that we had,” she said.

She said that the US is conscious about the environment and it will continue to do its part in protecting climate change.

The top American diplomat said that Trump believes the climate is changing, and he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation.

“He believes that climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation. He is absolutely intent on making sure that we have clean air, clean water, that he makes sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep America’s moral compass in the world when it comes to the environment,” she said. “We’ve done that in the past. We’ll do it in the future. It’s what the US does. It’s what we’ll continue to do,” she added.