Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 1:40
Trump would have several options, including triggering a years-long withdrawal process or taking the more drastic step of removing the USA from the United Nations climate treaty.
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"No one should be left behind, but the EU and China have made a decision to move forward", Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner who has led climate talks with Beijing, said of the Paris accord.
By withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump is putting this country against every other nation on Earth with the exception of Syria and Nicaragua.
"European Council President Donald Tusk made a direct appeal to Trump early Thursday not to pull out of the Paris accord, tweeting "@realDonaldTrump please don't change the (political) climate for the worse". "There is no alternative for the future of our planet". What the Paris climate agreement does is countries pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but are given leeway in how much they plan to reduce them by.
The Paris agreement has drawn surprising support from major companies, from oil giants like Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell to other corporate giants like Walmart and Apple.
During last week's summits in Europe, worldwide leaders and even Pope Francis urged Trump not to renege on the deal. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", according to The Associated Press.
Trump is said to have made the decision and the administration is now working on how to execute the departure, Axios reported Wednesday.
"A USA withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the US and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.
President Donald Trump may abandon USA pledges to reduce carbon emissions, but global economic realities ensure he is unlikely to reverse the accelerating push to adopt cleaner forms of energy.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S. in the landmark agreement.
Former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, praised the accord during a trip to Europe this month.
But Ivanka Trump, the President's top aide and daughter, pressed aides to look at the full picture when considering what withdrawal could mean. He also had to navigate a split among his advisors on the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and 21 other Republican sent Trump a letter last week urging him to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the climate accord.
The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter, after China.
Merkel said she was pleased China was sticking to the Paris climate accord, adding that "the cooperation of the European Union with China in this area will play a crucial role especially in regards to new technologies".