Buchanan urges Trump to keep USA in climate accord

Lauren Perry
June 1, 2017

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax", the country has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters today that he will sign an executive order later this week maintaining New York City's commitment to the Paris climate change accord amid swirling reports that President Donald Trump will likely withdraw from the worldwide agreement.

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", he said in the tweet.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says President Donald Trump doesn't "comprehensively understand" the terms of the Paris climate accord.

Two major news outlets Axis and CBS News reported that the US President had made a decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change and the administration has been informing world leaders about it.

"Trump makes United States "climate pariah" & 'rogue nation, '" Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation, a liberal weekly magazine, tweeted.

Their rationale: Remaining in the climate change deal would make it more hard to unwind former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, in effect arguing for a despicable daily double of more pollution and a hotter planet.

Almost 200 countries, including the USA under President Obama, signed the 2015 treaty agreeing to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Yesterday, he met with U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who argues that staying in could disrupt the administration's efforts to repeal climate regulations implemented under the Obama administration.

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"It's obvious that when our federal government fails us, local governments have to step up", de Blasio said. Friends of the Earth said it would make America the world's "foremost climate villain".

But Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders.

Global leaders began reacting to the reports of Trump's plans. He appears to be leaning toward ending the United States' involvement in the global pact, but some administration officials are suggesting that he might change his mind.

He added: "The world is in a mess". "We're going to cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of USA tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs".

It comes as Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila told parliament on Wednesday such a move would be a "big setback".

Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he'd withdraw the United States from the deal. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police U.S. carbon emissions.

Earlier, a group of 22 Republican Senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a letter urged Trump to withdraw from the agreement.

"But the U.S.is the world's second-largest carbon polluter, and its decision to walk away threatens to weaken the resolve of major emitters such as China and India to keep their own pledges, even though both nations have pledged to remain in the agreement".

Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue. "He didn't want to do anything to put the U.S.at a disadvantage", Cohn said.

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