Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact today
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 23:07
A USA decision to withdraw from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues.
"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days". At the center of it: Gary Cohn, the president's chief economic adviser - and a Democrat - who supports staying in. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, tweeted that if Trump does leave the accord, he would have "no choice but to depart councils" on which he has advised the President in the past.
The rift between Donald Trump and the rest of the world promises to deepen and widen, as the U.S. president decides to go completely against the environment.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has threatened to leave Donald Trump's advisory councils. if he withdraws the United States from the Paris climate Agreement.
President Trump has previously dismissed global warming as a "hoax" created by China and has threatened to pull out of the Paris accord.
When asked on Tuesday whether Trump believes human activity is contributing to climate change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, "Honestly, I haven't asked him that".
Trump's predecessor Barack Obama enacted the deal without U.S. Senate ratification.
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. On Wednesday afternoon, Trump was to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favored remaining in the deal.
Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.
After taking office, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, worldwide powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry.
Two sources told Fox News that he is expected to pull the US out of the deal.
Advisers like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were said to be advocating strongly in favor of remaining in the agreement, yet sources revealed that Trump had already made up his mind. "So his views are evolving, which is exactly what they should be".
A small team was deciding if they should formally withdraw, which could take years, or exit the United Nations climate change treaty.
President Trump can not continue to bury his head in the sand about the devastating consequences of climate change at the expense of our planet's future. Seated in the front row were aides who had advocated for the withdrawal, including EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were deeply divided.
Almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He said solar power grew 50 percent previous year, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries".
There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord.
"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the USA for agreeing to the terms". Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
Niklas Hoehne of Germany's New Climate Institute said a US pullout could corrode the resolve of other nations, perhaps including hydrocarbon powers Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented.
Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.