Climate 'Danger Zone' Seen If Trump Pulls Out of Paris Deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 13:11
Trump should follow through on his commitment and withdraw from an agreement that would do nothing to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.
In a tweet, Trump said he would be announcing his decision on the 2015 Paris climate deal in the next few days.
Since taking office on January 20, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, both on climate change but also on the wider issue of America's role in the world and its position on multilateralism.
"Climate change is undeniable; climate action is unstoppable", he asserted, calling it "a menace to jobs, business, and property".
According to media reports, senior adviser Jared Kushner is under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny for his relationship with Russian officials during the transition period before Trump took office.
"Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and unsafe actions ever taken by any president", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.
McKenna has said what the USA chooses to do is up to the US, but Canada won't wait.
But he so far has taken steps to roll back other Obama-era climate policies, like the Clean Power Plan, and put Scott Pruitt, who has slammed the accord as a "bad deal," in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. The decision has no direct impact on major US regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.
While Trump now favours an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.
Several US media including CBS, ABC and Politico also reported that the White House was expected to announce a withdrawal from the accord once details have been worked out.
It would then take another year before the USA could formally pull out of the agreement - meaning that the United States could remain in the Paris pact until the next presidential election.
But that is an even more radical move, which would further withdraw the United States from all worldwide climate change negotiations.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday delivered an urgent appeal to the world to stay the course and implement the Paris Agreement, under which countries pledge to voluntarily curtail their emissions of greenhouse gases.
So even if the US were to withdraw from the accord, many said the U.S.is not likely to stop reducing its carbon pollution.
US President Donald Trump, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a photo op at the G7 summit, where Trump refused to join other world leaders in joint statements on climate change and refugees.
White House aides were divided on the topic and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said. He said that his decision was "a reassertion of America's sovereignty. Only Syria and Nicaragua are not part of the 197-country agreement, which lays out voluntary goals for reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions".
It's not just environmentalists who want Trump to sign the agreement. Supporters of the deal say it's not an either-or choice.
The UN chief stressed new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries in the United States and China.
We are now working together with elected leaders in almost a dozen other states such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Minnesota to implement climate action plans that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy despite the President's shortsighted decision.
Well, according to a briefed source, that decision has already been made, and Trump is set to withdraw the USA from the agreement.