Trump abandoning global climate pact? Decision 'very soon'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 11:48
Trumps predecessor Barack Obama enacted the deal without U.S. Senate ratification.
But Cohn, Trumps chief White House economic adviser, told reporters during the trip overseas that the presidents views on climate change were evolving following the discussions with European leaders.
Mr Trump said on Wednesday that an announcement would be made in the coming days.
"One of the topics that they discussed, of course, was the president's upcoming decision on the Paris Climate Accords", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!", Trump tweeted following the reports.
The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter, after China.
Trump's case on withdrawing the USA from the accord, signed by 195 out of 198 countries in the world including North Korea, is premised on the argument that meeting climate change goals by reducing its carbon footprint is detrimental to the United States economy and will affect job creation.
On Tuesday, Trump met with a key voice advocating for withdrawal, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.
And the corporate world has by-and-large come out in favor of the U.S. keeping its seat at the table.
Canada urged the United States not to abandon the Paris climate accord today, saying it remains committed to the deal whether or not Washington leaves.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.
"But even if the government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for U.S. society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged", he said. The ad said that climate change is both a "business risk" and a "business opportunity", and said continued participation in Paris will actually benefit the US economy and job growth. Environmental activists, politicians and business leaders alike came out in favor of the agreement, in which almost 200 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
"Climate change is not a fairy tale".
Mr Trump has already moved to dismantle his predecessor's signature legislation on climate action, ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke Mr Obama's Clean Power Plan, and scrapping several measures created to combat global warming.
Gallup ranked participants as "concerned believers", "mixed middle", and "cool skeptics", based on how they answered several questions on the cause of global warming, how serious the threat is, and how concerned they are. The organization's main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable".