Trump says will announce decision on Paris climate deal soon
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 9:00
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he can't comment on whether the USA should pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement because he hasn't read it.
Zinke was appearing at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska with Sen.
Environmental groups derided the Trump administration's reported decision.
He added that when he was a lawmaker, he "generally didn't comment on bills before I read them". Musk said in February that he would remain on Trump's advisory councils even though he publicly opposed the ban.
As long as the US doesn't have such a plan - and there's zero indication Trump intends to implement one - nothing else matters. "For President Trump to take us out, it is anti-science". "Global leadership on climate is changing", the UN's Climate Action Tracker said on May 15.
Olof Skoog, whose country is serving a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council, told reporters Wednesday that a USA pullout would also "fly in the fact of pleas from very friendly European nations".
Juncker, who was among the leaders Trump met with last week, suggests the USA president thinks he can withdraw from the pact immediately, but notes that it takes several years to pull out of new global treaties.
Junker spoke Wednesday in Berlin. During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump pledged to "cancel" the Paris accord within his first 100 days of office.
Old friend Chris Mooney says the same thing I said the other day, that whether Trump formally decides to withdraw from the Paris accords or not, he's not going to do the things necessary to meet our obligations and effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
They say the agreement would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries.
Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy.
Trump said Wednesday he would announce his final decision on whether to exit the Paris climate agreement "very soon".
Trump's top aides have been divided.
Signed in December 2015, the Paris agreement committed the vast majority of the global community to cutting up to 28 percent of their carbon emission output by 2025. "The Americans can't just leave the climate protection agreement".
President Trump is reportedly considering pulling out of the Paris Accord - an global agreement by 195 countries to ease up on carbon emissions to combat climate change - and the left is having a meltdown.
On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.
Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada went a step further, calling for an explanation from the White House about the ultimate decision to withdraw from the agreement. "Congress deserves a detailed explanation from the administration", she tweeted.
It's to (legally) bribe them to remain in Canada, rather than bolt for the USA - with which we do most of our trade - or other countries that don't have a national carbon price. He calls the expected withdrawal "a big setback".
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said: "Amidst the series of ill-informed and autocratic policies that Trump has enacted since coming to power, his decision to pull out of the Paris accord stands out as the one that will have the most long-term and disastrous consequences for the world".
The U.N.'s main Twitter page quotes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying: "Climate change is undeniable".
That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.
Still, he said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the US economic growth", and said that, if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".
Trump vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries. He said he would make up his mind after returning to the US.
Silicon Valley has had a complicated relationship with the Trump White House in its early months. Asked why House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hadn't responded to the reports Wednesday, a spokesman said: "Did the President announce that?"
"We will issue a joint statement on climate change that will stress that China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.
President Donald Trump is poised to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, according to officials with knowledge of the decision - a move that would severely weaken the landmark climate change accord that committed almost every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.
White House officials cautioned that details were still being hammered out and that, although close, the decision on withdrawing from the worldwide accord - agreed to by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015 - was not finalized.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the landmark agreement. The U.S. actually signed the treaty, though the Senate refused to ratify it, chiefly because big-polluting developing nations like China and India were given a pass.