President Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate agreement
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 20:35
"If as expected, President Trump pulls America out of the Paris Climate Accord, he is waking the sleeping lion that is the large block of environmental voters who do not consistently get to the polls", Environmental Voter Project Founder Nathaniel Stinnett said in a statement.
Friends of the Earth's US president Erich Pica said: "By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Trump will make the United States the world's foremost climate villain".
Denmark's energy and climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt told Reuters: "It will be necessary for the European Union to show leadership if the USA should pull out of the deal". In withdrawing from the agreement, the United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries in the world not participating.
The "stay-in" camp, which included Trump's daughter Ivanka, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, had argued the United States could reduce its voluntary emission-cuts targets while still keeping a voice within the accord. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Trump at length about the issue during a meeting in Brussels, and even at the Vatican, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin made his own pro-Paris pitch to Trump and his advisers. "Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement".
If Trump does decide to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, the entire pact could crumble and open the door to high-polluting nations like China and India to forego efforts to stall or reverse the adverse effects of climate change.
Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, sent a tweet in the literary style of the USA president: "Trump puts his ego ahead of the future of our planet - sad!" Climate change is unstoppable. Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas.
The reporter followed up, asking if Trump is still deciding on that question. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
The United States is the country with the second-highest carbon emissions in the world, only behind China.
Making his first address on climate since taking the United Nations helm five months ago, Guterres said it was "absolutely essential" that the world implements the 2015 agreement "with increased ambition".
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Trump's administration has already begun the process of killing Obama-era climate regulations.