Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

Jun 03, 2017, 02:15
Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.

On Wednesday, a White House official said Trump is indeed expected to withdraw the USA from the accord, but may use "caveats in the language" when the time comes - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final. If the US were to withdraw completely, however, the company that operates the largest open pit mining operation in the country, North Antelope Rochelle, would support the decision, it announced in a press release May 19. The White House signaled withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions. India would continue to reduce its carbon intensity, or CO2 output per unit of economic activity, in line with historic levels. Peabody Energy, for example, said on May 19 that it would "support the decision" to withdraw and that staying would require "multiple improvements", such as the United States greenhouse gas emissions target being "substantively modified".

Pelosi says most Americans - regardless of political affiliation - want clear, decisive action to arrest the effects of climate change.

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward". "Now is the time to further strengthen these ties to keep the wheels turning for ambitious global climate action", said Miguel Arias Cañete, energy and climate action commissioner.

They agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

President Donald Trump has declared he is pulling the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat global warming and distancing the country from its closest allies overseas.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

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American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart. "This put the United States of America to a very very big economic disadvantage", he said, adding that as a result of the deal, the USA would not be able to compete with other countries in the world.

If Trump goes through with his plan, it will be the second time in 20 years that the American president acted like a real asshole in the global pact arena.

In Germany, a statement issued by seven Social Democratic ministers in Merkel's coalition government said the United States "is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world".

If this language frustrates Trump enough, he could opt to withdraw from the more foundational UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which laid the groundwork for the Paris deal and was signed by President George H.W. Bush and ratified by the Senate in the early 1990s.

That fight has played out within Trump's administration.

He was to meet later Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favoured remaining in the agreement. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

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A U.S. 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.

Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she has made it a priority to establish a review process so her father would hear from all sides, said a senior administration official. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity. "We believe that it will be important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement".

Trump has several potential options. With the support of Gov. Matt Mead, the Legislature has funneled public dollars into research on how to capture carbon dioxide emissions and use the errant gasses for other purposes. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Scott Vaughan, president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, said the US withdrawal would be a blow to Paris and climate change policy around the world because, until recently, it had been the leader on the file. The organization's main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable". Climate change is unstoppable.

"Disappointed by early reports that the U.S. will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the #ParisAgreement", tweeted Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who co-chairs the House Climate Solutions Caucus that includes 20 GOP and 20 Democratic lawmakers.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

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