Ivanka Trump's climate ploy reaches its inevitable end
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:06
President Donald Trump plans to follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters, a move that promises to deepen a rift with USA allies.
Thursday will mark his 100 days in office and he will make the announcement at a rally, which will be at 12:30 am on Friday in India.
The Trump administration's Paris decision has been marked by months of waffling and missed deadlines, with the administration reportedly breaking into factions over whether the United States should remain in the agreement or withdraw.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening US industry.
"I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3 pm at The White House Rose Garden".
A United States withdrawal would come fewer than 18 months after the historic 196-nation pact was signed in the French capital, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership.
A frustrated German Chancellor Angela Merkel later warned that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands", citing the differences with Washington on climate change as evidence of their divergent paths.
"Walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement signals that our nation is relinquishing our leadership role in safeguarding our planet".
Reports surfaced Wednesday that Trump was leaning toward an exit from the deal, fulfilling a major campaign promise for the president and making the USA the first country to scrap the agreement.
Trump is getting conflicting advice from various quarters of the administration.
Many big companies say they must make long-term investment decisions based on the assumption that most countries will stiffen environmental standards.
In the past few days, the chief executives of dozens of companies have made last-minute appeals to Trump.
However, the threat of America not joining the rest of the world in its fight against climate change has rubbed a number of celebrities the wrong way, forcing them to take to Twitter and let their opinions be known.
The Brussels talks follow a tense global tour by US President Donald Trump in which he spurned pleas by his European counterparts to adhere to the 2015 Paris climate accord.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the landmark agreement. A March Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that 50 percent of Republicans agreed that the USA should lead the global fight against climate change, while 37 percent disagreed and 13 percent were unsure. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.
"I'm hearing from a lot of people-both ways, both ways", Trump said as he met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Still, he said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and said that, if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".
In January and early February, for example, sources identified only as being "close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump" told Politico that the couple had worked to ensure Obama-era protections for LGBTQ workers remained untouched by the Trump administration.
These calls are in addition to tech investor Doug Derwin's $2 million campaign urging Musk to dump Trump.