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Paris Accord was giving India and China a 'free pass', costing US 6.5 million jobs, says Mike Pence

Washington: The Paris climate deal would have given a virtual free pass to India and China and cost the American economy more than 6.5 million jobs, US vice-president Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

 Paris Accord was giving India and China a free pass, costing US 6.5 million jobs, says Mike Pence

File image of Mike Pence and Donald Trump. AP

"This president put America first not long ago, when Trump made the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord," Pence said in his remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers 2017 Manufacturing Summit.

"You know, one independent study found that the Paris Accord would have actually cost the US economy more than 6.5 million manufacturing jobs in the next 25 years while giving countries like China and India virtually a free pass," Pence said.

He said by withdrawing America from "this terrible deal", Trump put America first. "He left the door opening to renegotiating the deal or coming up with a different agreement. But he put America first, and I promise the manufacturers in this room that
President Donald Trump always will," Pence said.

He said Trump has put a renewed emphasis on American energy. "He approved the Keystone and Dakota Pipelines early in this administration, and the Dakota Pipeline is already rolling and Keystone is being built as we speak," Pence said.

"Trump is fighting every day to make sure that American manufacturers have affordable, abundant, and reliable energy that you need to power your factories and power our future," Pence said to applause from the audience.

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Updated Date: Jun 21, 2017 12:29:24 IST

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