Paris climate agreement: How China could benefit from America pulling out
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 0:41
Withdrawing of U.S. from the climate agreement could have severe implications worldwide.
"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".
On previous occasions, President Trump has described climate change as a "hoax" created by China and has vowed to invest in domestic coal and oil, industries that have largely contributed to increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump is getting conflicting advice from various quarters of the administration.
"We applaud you for your ongoing efforts to reduce overregulation in America" and saying "to continue on this path, we urge you to make a clean exit from the Paris agreement so that your administration can follow through on its commitment to rescind the Clean Power Plan".
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila (JOO'-hah SEE'-pah-lah) says climate change won't be reversed "by closing your eyes".
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".
"Carlos remembers well, he was there, too, that we saw this community disrupted so tremendously by something that was directly affected by climate change", he said.
Abandoning the pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.
Trump had vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president as part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has weighed in, arguing on Tuesday that the United States should not leave the Paris Agreement. Only if we act now can we hope to prevent catastrophic climate change destroying homes and livelihoods here in the United Kingdom and fuelling starvation and refugee crises across the globe.
"Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies", he said.
They will "significantly intensify" their political, technical, economic and scientific cooperation on climate change and clean energy to help the world shift to an economy based on low greenhouse gas emissions.
He could unilaterally withdraw from the Paris agreement without any action by Congress. "AGAIN!" the U.S. leader said in a tweet, punctuating the post with his campaign slogan.
Donald Trump has tweeted this morning that he will announce his decision on the Paris Agreement today.
The anonymous official added there may be "caveats in the language" the U.S. president may use to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.
But European officials insisted that the deal would remain on track. We are the ones who put this deal together.
But the future of American involvement in the 2015 accord now hangs in the balance, as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs whether to withdraw the United States from the global pact. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.
However, withdrawing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would only require one years' notice, and would subsequently trigger a departure from the accord.
European leaders pushed Trump to stay in the Paris pact during his recent overseas trip.
The president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, cautioned him against leaving the deal, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
This story corrects the geography of countries in the 10:30 a.m. item to northern European, not Scandinavian.