Trump poised to pull U.S. from Paris climate accord

"One of the topics that they discussed, of course, was the President's upcoming decision on the Paris Climate Accords", Trump press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has made an impassioned appeal for the world to intensify action to combat climate change and implement the Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions.

Conservatives, such as Pruitt, have argued the agreement wasn't fair to the United States and the fact of the US staying in would be used as a weapon by environmental groups seeking to fight Trump environmental policies.

But Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to cancel U.S. participation in the deal, said he would ditch the Paris accord because it handicaps the United States economy.

Why would Trump back away from the table?

The president's daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, has also urged her father not to withdraw.

As of 2015, emissions were already 12 percent lower, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The US President had said that he required more time to decided whether he wanted the US to stay in the deal or not.

Meanwhile Mr Trump's working-class supporters - particularly those in the economically distressed coal-producing regions of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania that delivered an Electoral College victory to the president - are more concerned about jobs and their way of life, rather than the distant, amorphous threat of rising sea levels or shifting climate patterns. So withdrawal from the agreement would appear to be consistent with Trump's avid support of domestic fossil fuel production. And while other countries have vowed to press on, with or without the United States, its absence would leave the enforcement of the deal in a flux.

Trump says the deal "disadvantages" the USA and is causing lost jobs and lower wages. Contradictory signals Since taking office on January 20, however, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, on climate change but also on the wider issue of the United States' role in the world and their relation to multilateralism.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement". In April, Trump was set to announce a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but at the last minute changed his mind after intense discussions with advisers and calls from the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

The decision over Paris has deeply divided the Administration, with internationalists, such as Tillerson, arguing that it would be beneficial to the United States to remain part of negotiations and global meetings surrounding the agreement, as a matter of leverage and influence. In signing onto the accord, countries pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but were given wide leeway in how much they planned to reduce them by. "It is clear that those advocating for greenhouse gas regulations will use the Paris Agreement as a legal defense again", the letter reads.

The emissions goals are voluntary with no real consequences for countries that fail to meet them.

The U.S. had agreed under former President Barack Obama to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons.

"It doesn't get rid of coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States", Trump said. It is the first step to try to do something about climate change. Trump is expected to announce that the U. He didn't say what a better deal would look like or whether it would be in addition to withdrawing or in place of it.

Obama entered the agreement without seeking ratification from the GOP-controlled Senate, making it easier for Trump to quit the agreement. Scientists have warned that without urgent action, climate change will have catastrophic effects in the near future.

  • Leroy Wright