Emmanuel Macron tells Donald Trump he'll defend 'important' Paris climate change deal
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 11, 2017,
May 11, 2017, 15:40
Tiffany & Co.'s message to the Donald Trump arrives as the president considers whether or not to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement-the first global, legally-binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangers of climate change worldwide.
Trump's inner circle has been tasked with providing the president, who has flirted with ditching the landmark agreement, with a range of policy options.
Whether the USA will back out of the Paris climate accord or cut its emission reduction pledge is a topic much discussed in recent days ahead of the upcoming G7 Summit in Italy.
A meeting of his advisers that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to scheduling conflicts, a White House Official said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of the oil company Exxon, said at his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he supports staying in the deal.
Climate change and nutrition are issues close to the Obamas' hearts and were centerpiece policies of the eight-year Obama period.
Politico reported that the meeting was being rescheduled this morning, though a date has not yet been set.
One option said to be under consideration is full withdrawal, which would fulfill Trump's campaign promise to "cancel" the deal as president.
The agreement entered into force for the United States on 4 November 2016 - just days before Mr Trump was elected.
However, a coalition of 38 conservative and free market groups yesterday reportedly wrote their own letter to Trump urging him to ditch the Paris Agreement, arguing it would "protect" USA energy firms and manufacturers.
"The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement", Trump said in a statement. But the gathering risks being hamstrung over fears that the USA, the world's number two carbon polluter, will pull out and throw the agreement into disarray.
Lawyers from the White House, State Department and Justice Department have all agreed that language doesn't allow countries to adjust their carbon reduction commitments downward - a move that would be required if the Trump administration hoped to remain in the deal while still removing the Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump has vowed to scrap.
"It's important that big countries that are big emitters like the USA and China... lead the way", Obama told a conference Tuesday in Milan, in one of his first public appearances since leaving office.
Numerous speakers at a plenary session Monday said that the deal can not be "renegotiated", a proposal of Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters of the new timeline Tuesday.
Some fear a U.S. U-turn would dampen enthusiasm among other signatories for more efforts on emissions-cutting targets. The U.S. had pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2025.