Apr 25, 2017

Rick Perry: Stay in Paris deal, but renegotiate

Amy Harder, author of Generate

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"I'm not going to say to the president of the United States 'Let's just walk away from the Paris accord,'" Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York. "But, what I'm going to say is that I think we probably should renegotiate it."

  • Why his position matters: Perry joins Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in thinking the US should stay in the 2015 climate deal. Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus are on the other side.
  • Next steps: President Trump campaigned on withdrawing from or even canceling the deal (the latter which isn't technically possible), and will make a decision by the G-7 meeting at the end of May. A meeting of climate negotiators earlier in May in Germany could shed some light on which way the administration is leaning.
  • Speaking of Germany: At the conference, Perry called out Germany in particular for displaying ambitious rhetoric on addressing climate change but instituting policies, such as closing down nuclear plants, that ultimately increase its greenhouse gas emissions.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.