White House says Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris deal

A USA withdrawal could deepen a rift with United States allies.

President Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

President Donald Trump looks poised to withdraw from the Paris climate accord this week, which would likely infuriate supporters of the treaty while pleasing many Republican members of Congress and other hard-line conservatives.

On May 31, Reuters and Axios cited two unnamed sources saying Trump planned to exit the agreement and was finalizing the details of a withdrawal with US Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, a staunch oil industry advocate (never mind that the oil industry itself is pushing for the US to stick with the accord).

"Climate change is undeniable".

Canada, the European Union, and China have said they will honor their commitments to the pact even if the United States withdraws. Musk said in February that he would remain on Trump's advisory councils even though he publicly opposed the ban. "This is an agreement that would have cemented President Obama's climate legacy in place".

During last week's summits in Europe, worldwide leaders and even Pope Francis urged Trump not to renege on the deal.

Former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, praised the deal during a trip to Europe this month.

A United States pullout could have sweeping implications.

Corporate leaders "are continuing to try to get through to the White House in any and every way they can", said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, the non-profit sustainability advocacy that works with investors.

"I don't think it's good that there is a picture evolving where, in the future, we would do more with China than with the United States", Juncker said.

After taking office, however, Mr Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry. Forty Democratic senators sent Trump a letter urging him to stay in, saying a withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage. They said withdrawal would undermine U.S. credibility and its position as a global leader, empowering nations like China to drive the climate agenda and set worldwide standards while also reaping economic benefits from a growing clean energy sector. That would be "bad for businesses" and others hoping to invest in renewable energy, and could spread to other countries' economies as well.

If President Trump does decide to withdraw from the agreement it will be the second major deal he will have abandoned since taking office. "It is a tough reality which affects peoples' daily lives", European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in a statement.

Mr Guterres said "So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming". For the Republican president, a withdrawal would reflect his "America First" approach to policy, unencumbered by global obligations.

Trump is expected to announce later this week that he intends to pull out of the landmark Paris agreement. Of course, Exxon's last CEO, Rex Tillerson, also supported the Paris agreement. After the recent G-7 meetings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and vocally supported her commitment to action on climate change.

Mr Trump vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.

Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she has made it a priority to establish a review process so her father would hear from all sides, said a senior administration official.

  • Leroy Wright