25 January 2017
*Caroline Lucas: Trump is signalling his intent to put rocket boosters behind the fossil fuel industry
Theresa May is being urged to raise the issue of climate change with President Donald Trump when she meets with him later this week. In a letter  sent to the Prime Ministers, politicians from the Green Party urged the Prime Minister to ‘seek firm assurances that he [Trump] will not withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and that he will remain committed to domestic climate legislation, such as the Clean Power Plan’.
The call to Theresa May comes after President Trump signed two executive orders yesterday aiming to push ahead with major pipeline projects in the US . Both the Dakota and Keystone pipelines are regarded as extremely damaging by environmentalists and climate-scientists .
The United States is responsible for 15% of global carbon emissions – and their actions are crucial in shaping international climate policy. Donald Trump has previously cast doubt on climate science – and has consistently called for policies designed to fast-track the burning of fossil fuels.
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green Party, said:
“Donald Trump’s first few days as President have revealed his contempt for environmental protection. By pushing ahead with the Dakota and Keystone pipelines he is signalling his intent to put rocket boosters behind the fossil fuel industry. Theresa May has a duty to make a stand – and to demand assurances from President Trump that he will not abandon the Paris climate change agreement. Failing to bring up climate change with President Trump would be a dereliction of duty from Theresa May, and we urge her to put this global challenge at the top of her agenda for their meeting.”
 Full letter to Theresa May:
We are writing concerning your visit to the United States tomorrow to visit President Trump.
As you will know, President Trump and senior members of his new team have systematically cast doubt on climate science, whilst supporting polluting energy sources and downplaying the need for the transition to a low-carbon economy. As a clear statement of his intentions, at the moment of his inauguration, all mentions of climate change were removed from the Whitehouse website – instead, there appeared a raft of policies designed to fast-track the burning of fossil fuels.
With 2016 now confirmed as the hottest year on record, and the world heading for 4 degrees warming by the end of the century, there has never been a more dangerous time for the scaling back of climate action anywhere in the world. The United States is responsible for 15% of global emissions and its leadership is vital in setting the path to a zero-carbon future.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, and the importance of the United States in global efforts to tackle it, we are writing to ask you to raise climate change with President Trump when you see him on Friday. More specifically, we are asking to you seek firm assurances that he will not withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and that he will remain committed to domestic climate legislation, such as the Clean Power Plan, that form an important part of US international commitments.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader
Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader
Amelia Womack, deputy leader
Keith Taylor MEP, South-East
Molly Scott Cato MEP, South-West
Jean Lambert MEP, London
Sian Berry, London Assembly Member
Caroline Russell, London Assembly Member
Andrew Cooper, Energy spokesperson
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