White House official: Trump plans to pull US from Paris deal
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 20:51
The transition in the real economy is a fact.
Trump told his fellow leaders on Friday that he had campaigned on a platform of protecting U.S.jobs and would act accordingly, according to the officials, all of whom asked not to be named discussing the private meetings.
"The times in which we could rely fully on others - they are somewhat over", she said. "I have experienced that over the last several days".
Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and the former head of Breitbart, had pressed Trump to stick with his campaign promise and leave the deal. "For President Trump to take us out, it is anti-science". He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.
"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".
President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, two senior USA officials familiar with his plans told CNN Wednesday, a major break from worldwide partners that would isolate the United States in global efforts to curb global warming. China and the European Union are firing ahead but America is struggling. Since numerous nation's commitments to the Paris Agreement are voluntary, there are no concrete penalties if the USA fails to meet them. The question is whether that victory will be shared with anyone outside a small coterie of nationalist advisers and sycophants inside the White House. A formal withdrawal could take three years.
First, it defined the United States' security interests much more narrowly than other administrations have done. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies. The US has kept tens of thousands of troops, as well as advanced weaponry, in bases throughout Europe as a means of reflecting its commitment to provide a stable foundation for mutual defense against aggression - presumably Russian - against its allies. Last week, he made it clear that European nations no longer have any choice in the matter.
On trade, government officials tasked with the technical negotiations worked until 3 a.m.to try to reconcile Trump's America First approach with the other leaders' commitment to open markets.
A White House official confirmed to United States media that Trump was expected to withdraw the USA from the agreement.
Specifically, in this view, it is not the job of the USA government to create an environment in which the economy helps drive a vibrant global marketplace, even if that means medium-term disruptions in the US. Even major oil firms like Chevron and ExxonMobil back it.
Threatening to "stop" the sale of German cars in the United States, as Trump reportedly did Thursday, is by itself an empty threat. Trump needs to keep this one real.
Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy. Without broad global cooperation, nothing can happen to slow global warming. A country that doesn't agree to fight climate change through regulations on pollution and carbon emissions could give its industries a significant economic advantage over those who agree to absorb those additional costs. "So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming".
CEO Andy Atkins said it was "critical" other countries strengthen their resolve to tackle carbon emissions.
It caps and reduces the use of HFCs in a gradual process starting with action by developed countries in 2019, including the United States, the world's second-worst polluter, and then by over 100 developing countries starting in 2024, including China, the world's top carbon emitter.