Top Canada and UN environment officials say US to lose jobs

AP News
Posted: Jun 05, 2017 3:17 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's environment minister and the head of the U.N. environment agency say the United States stands to lose jobs by pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said in a telephone interview Monday that China is already very competitive on solar and jobs will go elsewhere if the U.S. slows down on transforming to a greener economy. Solheim says in the U.S. there are 400,000 jobs in the U.S. right now and 70,000 in coal.

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the U.S. will not see new coal jobs because natural gas is less expensive and renewables are more cost competitive.

President Donald Trump argues the agreement has disadvantaged the U.S. and benefited other countries, leaving American businesses and taxpayers to absorb the costs.