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Ex-Rep. Walker: Climate Change Agreement 'Not a Good Deal'

By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 03:45 PM

The climate change agreement brokered between President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping was not a good deal for the American economy at all, former Congressman Robert Walker, who had chaired the House Science and Technology Committee, told Newsmax TV Thursday.

"First of all, we made a pledge to reduce by 26 percent the level of the greenhouse gases that we have in 2005, which is a dramatic cut," Walker told "America's Forum's" Ric Blackwell and Morgan Thompson. "The Chinese agreed to do nothing until 2030. This is not a deal that helps the American economy. In fact, it undermines the American economy and continuous to allow the Chinese to build their economy at our expense."

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In addition, the agreement will usher in a strong "regulatory regime" to eliminate the use of fossil fuel, Walker fears, which will raise the price of electricity in the United States.

"This administration has gone after coal in a major way," he said. "They have also been not friendly to building the pipelines necessary to move oil and gas. All of those things add up to not doing what this country can do best and that is to produce energy and produce energy at a level that will make us into a world leader."

Further, Walker noted that the Chinese has had other agreements with the United States, but did not follow through. Under the terms of the current agreement, China will not have deadlines until 2030.

"We can't make an agreement that doesn't have some hard and fast figures connected with it, if we are in competition with the Chinese," said Walker.

Walker said he also has concerns about the efforts underway to seek approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

"The House will vote today or tomorrow on a keystone pipeline build that will be sponsored by Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy," who is involved in a runoff election with incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, who also supports the pipeline, Walker noted.

"Now we have competing interest on Capitol Hill to try to get ahead of each other on the Keystone pipeline," said Walker. "It's an important vote though because it signals whether or not this administration is actually going to do anything to work with the Congress on some of these energy issues. There's no doubt in my mind it's going to pass both Houses in a significant way and the president is going to have to decide whether or not he's going to sign this or abide by what he signed over in China."

Walker also discussed Wednesday's comet landing, stating that it's "a miraculous achievement by the European Space Agency."

And while he regrets NASA has not been able to be more vigorous in some of its programs, there is a great deal of cooperation between the Europeans, Japan, and the United States.

"It really is a case where there's a global interest in all of this," said Walker, noting that the space program can also help scientists better understand climate issues.

"We ought to be very aggressive in that arena," he said. "I don't think we invest enough in this final frontier."

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But even with budget cutbacks, the United States continues to man the International Space Station, where there are some "absolutely fantastic science" experiments happening. In addition, the commercial space program push is an important development, and the United States has not abandoned its interest in space, he said.

Walker also discussed politics, commenting that he has his doubts if presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency, but if she does, she'll refer more to her husband's administration than to the current leaders.

"The truth is in the Clinton presidency, there was a cooperative attitude in working with a Republican Congress," said Walker.

Meanwhile, he would suggest to Republicans, as they setting into controlling both Congressional chambers, to "get back to regular order where members have to cast tough votes, even if they're tough political votes."

But he does not want that to include a call to impeach the president as his final term of office comes to an end.

"We've had enough divisiveness in the country," he said. "It would divide the country in horrendous ways."

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