Trump Reportedly Decides to Exit From Paris Climate Deal Despite EU's Objections
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:49
USA president Donald Trump will decide whether or not to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement within a week, he said at the closing of a meeting with G7 leaders in Italy. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable".
Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
He followed it up with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" - hinting that the rumours are true.
In a slightly more cautious report, CBS says the president is expected to withdraw from the accord, but has also has discussed with senior White House staff an effort to renegotiate the agreement with an eye to making its provisions less onerous to USA industry.
The upcoming decision is a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the USA economy and Trump's energy agenda, and a defeat for moderates like Trump's daughter Ivanka, who feared that withdrawing would damage US relations overseas.
Opponents of the climate deal were concerned after White House economic advisor Gary Cohn told reporters that the president was "evolving on the issue" during his trip overseas.
But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.
The historic climate treaty was reached when almost 200 countries came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on December 12, 2015.
The website acknowledged that the billionaire president has changed his mind on several firm campaign promises since taking office in January.
Obama and a host of other countries signed the climate change agreement in 2015 and the former president touted it as the "best chance we have" to save the planet.
Guterres said he will also rally countries to raise the bar on efforts to limit temperature rise and the United Nations system to promote climate action. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030.
"Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy", said Guterres. The other G7 countries - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan - reaffirmed their support for the accord last week.