President Donald Trump to announce Paris Accord decision today
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 9:26
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Trump said the deal, signed under his predecessor President Barack Obama, gives other countries an unfair advantage over US industry and destroys American jobs. EPA head Scott Pruitt has long argued that the United States' emissions reduction goal under Paris weakened the USA economy.
Heather Coleman, climate change policy manager at Oxfam America, said on a conference call with reporters that Trump is pulling the USA back from the global fight against climate change.
It's important to note that the USA was never bound by its voluntary emissions reduction goal under Paris.Trump was always free to ignore the United States goal of reducing carbon emissions by 32% by 2030, but pulling out entirely sends a different message. "There is no way", said Macron, who took office less than a month ago.
Trump met Tuesday with a key voice advocating for withdrawal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
"President Obama made commitments in this deal based off a costly power plan that we knew at the time was on shaky legal ground", he said in a statement.
He said the deal allowed countries such as China and India to carry on polluting while the United States economy was harmed, saying it was "less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the US".
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in. But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the US and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.
Trump said his administration will be open to a renegotiation of the deal. Trump's daughter Ivanka as well as business leaders and other USA allies have been pushing pro-Paris agenda, Politico reported.
USA supporters of the pact said any pullout by Trump would show that the United States can no longer be trusted to follow through on global commitments. "And if we can, that's great, and if we can't, that's fine".
The Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, said Thursday that Trump's decision amounts to the president "turning his back on the public in every single US state".
Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended". The multi-company mogul said that leaving "Paris is not good for America or the world". Aides have been deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.
A person familiar with Trump's thinking said the President was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking his out of it. But Trump's statement was clear and direct. Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, was said to be neutral on the deal.
As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of USA leadership. "But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up".
Google's Sundar Pichai: "Disappointed with today's decision".
Though the Paris Climate Agreement is not legally binding, the decision to either stay or withdraw has been deeply polarizing not only with lawmakers but also members of Trump's inner circle.