Ivanka Trump's "moderating influence" fails again - this time on Paris climate deal
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 17:58
Trump made withdrawing from the agreement, entered into by former President Barack Obama in 2015, a central focus of his campaign, arguing that it overburdened US consumers and energy producers with carbon pollution limits that didn't apply to developing economies.
President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.
Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in early May asked Malcolm Turnbull, ahead of his visit to NY for talks with President Trump, to pass on a message about not abandoning the Paris deal.
While Trump now favors an exit from the agreement, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute. All signatories to the United Nations climate change treaty have signed onto the Paris accords except for Syria and Nicaragua.
"Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is an important and necessary step toward reversing the harmful energy policies and unlawful overreach of the Obama era", 10 Republicans states attorneys general wrote in a letter sent to Trump in May. Several big coal companies, including Cloud Peak Energy, had publicly urged Trump to stay in the deal as a way to help protect the industry's mining interests overseas, though others asked Trump to exit the accord to help ease regulatory pressures on domestic miners.
He said he will strengthen North-South, South-South and other partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement. Since numerous nation's commitments to the Paris Agreement are voluntary, there are no concrete penalties if the US fails to meet them.
NY and California have already pledged to combat climate change without the Trump administration's support. But Trump, pushing a renewed commitment to fossil fuels, heavily criticized the agreement throughout the 2016 campaign.
"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", Merkel said after the session.
"The real danger is not the threat to one's economy that comes from acting", he continued.
Tillerson's former employer Exxon Mobil, along with dozens of other U.S. firms, have also been proponents of remaining in the agreement. Lindsay Graham told CNN on Sunday that a withdraw "means that the leader of the Republican Party is in a different spot than the rest of the world".
It was not immediately clear whether the president intends to make a quick, clean break with the treaty or to work out a full, formal withdrawal, which could take three years. Trump has already said that he will cancel USA payments to a United Nations fund dedicated to supporting climate change initiatives in the developing world.