Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change.

The Sierra Club's executive director, Michael Brune, called the expected move a "historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality". The official, who is involved in preparing the meeting between European Union officials and China's premier, was not authorized to speak publicly and discuss the matter on condition of anonymity because the meeting statement was not finalized. Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas. Climate change is unstoppable. We are one of the two largest carbon emitters, with China. "For President Trump to take us out, it is anti-science".

The meetings inside the West Wing had been contentious, sources told CNN, as aides expressed their deep grievances over the climate agreement that President Barack Obama helped broker with every country except Syria and Nicaragua.

Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he'd withdraw the U.S. from the deal.

Juncker said he had told U.S. President Trump of his concerns about Washington's protectionist stance on trade.

Tillerson and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry had both advised against leaving the deal, sources said. And former Vice President Al Gore, according to a person familiar with a call between he and the President, spoke with Trump earlier this month.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines.

Gore, who met with Trump during his presidential transition, has also been an outspoken critic of leaving the Paris accord.

"We can not allow individual (trade) agreements between the Americans and individual European countries to take place".

Trump said he would "cancel" the deal on the campaign trial and his campaign's energy plan included a pledge to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of USA tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs". And leaders from coal-producing states have pressed Trump to uphold his vows to cancel USA commitments to Paris.

Meanwhile, influential Republican Senator Ted Cruz yesterday urged the US President to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.

"Pulling out of Paris is the biggest thing Trump could do to unravel Obama's climate legacy". "It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way". Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Trump has already said he's reviewing that order, along with other aspects of his predecessor's climate agenda.

  • Zachary Reyes