Trump To Pull Out Of Paris Agreement

Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

A senior European Union official says the EU and China will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of whether U.S. President Donald Trump pulls out of the pact.

The precise mechanism for withdrawal hasn't yet been determined, and White House officials cautioned the plans could change until Trump makes his decision public.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he'll announce his decision on the agreement "over the next few days". Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies.

The treaty may be notionally voluntary, but climate-change activists will surely hunt for a judge willing to find a reason that the USA emission target in the accord is binding.

Economists also warn that climate change could inflict a devastating impact on the global economy.

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax", Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord. For the Republican president, a withdrawal would reflect his "America First" approach to policy, unencumbered by worldwide obligations.

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", President Trump wrote on Twitter.

Gutteres never mentioned the American leader by name in his speech at New York University's Stern School of Business, his first major address on climate change since taking the reins of the United Nations on January 1.

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Aides to Trump said he was listening with an open mind to the other leaders' arguments about Paris, but had yet to decide whether to withdraw the USA from the pact.

"Despite the USA having been responsible for a massively disproportionate share of historic greenhouse gas emissions, it is now washing its hands of the situation while billions of the world's most vulnerable peoples will face the fatal consequences of rising sea levels, drought, desertification and failing crops".

Signed a little more than year ago by 195 nations, the Paris deal is meant to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and is seen as one of former President Barack Obama's biggest triumphs.

Exiting the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge from the president, but would be certain to anger allies that spent years negotiating the accord to reduce carbon emissions. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Environmental groups criticized the planned withdrawal.

Friends of the Earth's chief executive Craig Bennett said the organisation would campaign against any trade deal with the U.S. if it "turns its back on its global responsibility to tackle climate change".

After months of deliberation, President Trump has made a decision to undermine global cooperation on the greatest threat facing humanity - along with America's diplomatic relationship with virtually every other country on planet Earth - so as to flatter the prejudices of reactionary oil barons and "rolling coal" enthusiasts.

Speaking to a crowd of oil rig workers last May, Mr Trump vowed to "cancel" the agreement, and Stephen Bannon, Mr Trump's chief strategist, has pushed the president to withdraw from the accord as part of an economic nationalism that has so far included pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade pact, and vowing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he'd withdraw the United States from the deal. "It is not too late to for the president to stay the course and work with the tech industry to ensure that more clean energy jobs continue to go to Americans and that USA leadership in innovation is second to none".

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The worldwide agreement, which went into effect seven months ago, is considered to be a major part the environmental legacy of the Obama administration.

Still, Cohn said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the US economic growth", and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

Trump is not a supporter of strong environmental protections on the federal level, and during the presidential campaign he pledged to pull the nation out of the accord, calling climate change a hoax created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus. The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme, according to the Axios report.

After taking office, however, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, worldwide powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.

Even if Trump withdraws, Guterres said, "it's very important for US society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged". Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad but would like to find a way to see if USA emissions targets can be changed.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling USA coal mines.

Quitting the Paris accord may not resonate with members of Trump's Republican Party as much as his administration expects.

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