Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, urged President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Accord.

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in Paris, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. It was the first legally-binding global climate deal.

Although Trump said this past weekend that he was still considering whether to remain in the pact, Axios reported this weekend that it's already a done deal.

"Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and risky actions ever taken by any President", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.

World leaders repeatedly pressed Trump on the issue during his recent trip to Europe, as did Pope Francis, who gave the president his papal encyclical on climate change when they met in the Vatican.

He also called for innovative partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement through North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation to push for progress in combating climate change.

The U.S.is the world's second largest emitter of carbon, following only China. "We can not phase out fossil fuels overnight".

Facing the prospect that the United States will soon pull out of a landmark climate pact it helped negotiate, U.N.

"I think there is a general sense that it would be better for the U.S.to be part of the discussions and to be at the table, but that's a decision for the United States to make", she said.

Trump's move would clearly make the outlook worse, according to Climate Interactive, a team of modelers backed by institutions such as the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Still, Cohn said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

"The EU and China are joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy", EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said about the upcoming EU-China summit, stressing they remain committed to Paris. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his scepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.

President Donald Trump has only a few main options for dealing with the non-binding climate deal, one of former President Barack Obama's proudest diplomatic achievements.

Details about how they will withdraw are being finalised now; To be decided is whether the withdrawal will be formal or whether to exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty-the former can take three years, while the latter is faster but is "more extreme", Axios reports.

After taking office, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry.

Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, has come to the view that the standards set out in the agreement did not work for the USA economy and the question was whether to try to change those standards within the agreement or pull out, another senior administration official said.

Responding to shouted questions from reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he had been hearing from people on both sides of the issue, but he declined to indicate whether he had made up his mind.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, with his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson on his lap and United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon looking on, signs the COP21 Climate Change Agreement on behalf of the United States during a ceremony on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

Last week, at a meeting of the Group of Seven industrial powers in Sicily, the Trump administration blocked the adoption of an endorsement of the Paris agreement.

Oil majors Shell and Exxon Mobil have also supported the pact along with a number of Republican lawmakers. China has overtaken the U.S.in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources. "Any new worldwide climate agreement should be ratified by the U.S. Senate, as outlined in the Constitution".

  • Leroy Wright


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