Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal: Axios
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 10:52
Billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk has said that he will quit White House advisory councils if the United States chose to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. The agreement, which went into effect last November, is the product of several years of hard negotiations involving most of the countries on earth, and it marked the first global deal to limit carbon emissions.
"The EU and China are joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy", EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said about the upcoming EU-China summit, stressing they remain committed to Paris. President Obama signed it into law via executive action, bypassing the then Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump on Wednesday declared that abandoning the Paris climate agreement would be a victory for the American economy.
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 United States tax dollars to UN global warming programs".
The Paris agreement's commitment to curb carbon emissions and limit temperature rise to well below 2 deg C and as close as possible to 1.5 deg "do not almost go far enough", he said. It also states an intention to work toward a more stringent limit of only 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 34.7 degrees Farenheit, above pre-industrial era levels.
Canada's emissions amount to about 1.6 per cent of global greenhouse gases.
This is the subject that Trump is spending a great deal of time on, and one that he spoke to the G7 members about during their meetings, Spicer said.
While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.
What are the consequences of withdrawing?
The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.
Should the U.S. exit from the Paris agreement, which was negotiated and ratified under Barack Obama, the country would join only Syria and Nicaragua as non-participants.
It may also direct the secretary of state and the EPA administrator to look at the Paris Agreement and determine whether it is in the interests of the United States. Axios previously reported on Sunday that Trump was mulling a withdrawal from the agreement, but was undecided.
Trump has portrayed multilateral deals as putting the United States at an economic disadvantage.
The official told reporters that the European Union and China will also "spell out" how they plan to meet their commitments to the landmark worldwide accord to fight global warming at talks in Brussels on Friday.