Trump pulling US from global climate pact, dismaying allies

Citing three sources with direct knowledge of Trump's plans, the respected news outlet Axios reported on Saturday the American leader has told key advisors he will withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord. He hasn't made an official decision yet, but if the president decides to pull out of the Paris Agreement that Obama signed in 2016, it could make things hard for Canada - although it won't stop climate initiatives from going forward, according to a former Canadian diplomat.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Breitbart News has independently confirmed this reporting and that Trump has told others the same thing: that he plans to withdraw the USA from the agreement.

Whenever this pivotal decision is made, our take on the issue has been constant and clear: Stay in Paris.

President Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, ending his first foreign trip much as he began it: at odds with several of the nation's allies and under a cloud of questions back home about his ties to Russian Federation. This position was widely condemned both by environmentalists in the United States and leaders of other nations, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing the outcome as "very unsatisfactory", noting that the other six members of the G7 stood against the United States on this point.

At home in America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed the decision and said mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.

"I think he is learning to understand the European position", Cohn said when asked which way the president was leaning on the Paris agreement.

Business leaders say the Paris deal, also called COP21, will help generate new jobs, limit damage from climate change and help assert American leadership on the global stage.

"For all of us, the Paris agreement is our lifeline".

"If we don't achieve the goals of the Paris agreement there are irreversible damages and consequences". President Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Later, during a campaign stop, Merkel escalated her barbs against Trump, suggesting the USA was no longer a reliable ally for Germany.

He pointed out the seriousness of climate change and said its effects were risky and they were accelerating.

Back in 2012, Trump had tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive", in a comment that was picked up by former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign a year ago.

Mr Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honour the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions.

But Mattis, in an interview to air Sunday on a CBS talk show, said Trump was "wide open" on the Paris climate deal.

President Trump has pledged to revive coal mining in hard-hit states like West Virginia.

  • Zachary Reyes