Donald Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:56
The G-7 summit marked the last stop of Trump's first overseas trip as president, a grueling nine-day tour that included high-level discussions in the Middle East and with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, as well as a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Within the White House, the divisions tend to break along increasingly-familiar lines: Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and chief strategist Steve Bannon favor pulling out, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn and senior advisor Jared Kushner are all reportedly in favor of staying in. "Then, we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop", Sipila said.
City and state level governments will also fill the federal void and, most importantly, capital knows what Trump does not, that climate change mitigation is an unstoppable locomotive that is going to make some folks very, very rich, while others whither. The organization's main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable".
Guterres said he was engaging with the administration and Congress to try to convince them that it is in the United States' interest to stay in the deal, which seeks to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius.
If the USA pulls out of the Paris deal, it would become the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, according to EPA data.
But he used a physics comparison to explain what would happen if the USA did, in fact, leave the Paris agreement.
The Sierra Club said a United States withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake". But the White House said Friday that Trump's view on the topic is "evolving" after hearing other views during the summit.
Axios reports that the decision to withdraw from the according followed an appeal by 22 Republican senators, including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, calling for a "clean exit" from the accord. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.
The United States is the world's second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter behind China.
Most reports out of this week's G7 summit saw Trump at odds with the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. He has repeatedly promised to strengthen the coal industry. The leaks, including some that have brought the Russian Federation outreach charges to within sniffing distance of Trump, has led the White House to be in a perpetual firefighting mode, detracting the new administration from governance.
Trump has also been the subject of ferocious global lobbying from leaders across the globe to remain in the agreement.