Feds still committed to Paris Accord, Environment Minister McKenna says
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 21:54
Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on Saturday in Sicily that the president had told his fellow G7 leaders that "the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump" - but voiced his concern that the USA was falling behind India and China in manufacturing.
"What a ridiculous situation", Trump said in the post.
The United States is the world's second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter behind China.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that sustained commitment to the Paris agreement was "indispensable to the reputation of the United States".
Though a formal announcement is expected this week, two senior US officials familiar with Trump's plans told CNN the decision could change before Trump makes a public announcement.
The Obama administration pledged a 26 to 28 percent cut in USA emissions, which Republicans have criticized for potentially having a negative impact on the American economy and its energy sector.
There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord.
The European Union and China are working on a joint declaration reaffirming their commitment to climate and energy policy and the implementation of the Paris agreement, according to an EU official with knowledge of the plans. "Only Syria and Nicaragua are not part of the 197-country agreement, which lays out voluntary goals for reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions".
"We believe that it would be important for the USA not the leave the Paris agreement".
But if he does decide to take the USA outs of the climate tent, the implications for wider global consensus remain unclear.
Trump has also been the subject of ferocious global lobbying from leaders across the globe to remain in the agreement. Critics of the accord say the limits on emissions place an onerous and disproportionate burden on American businesses (although other business leaders disagree).
Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy. The actual process of withdrawal would then take one year.