European Council President urges Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

Owen Stevens
June 1, 2017

President Trump is expected to announce this afternoon whether the US will be withdrawing from the Paris accord - the historic global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.

The announcement on whether the United States is in or out comes after the president's first worldwide trip, returning last weekend after a frosty reception from European leaders.

A United States withdrawal could deepen a rift with its allies.

The possibility of withdrawal drew disappointment from world leaders and a harsh rebuke from climate campaigners who say it would not only jeopardize the planet but go against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

"When the President has a decision he will make that announcement and he will make it clear what the basis of that is". Trump often changes his mind repeatedly when considering major decisions.

In a series of tweets, de Blasio ripped Trump's reported decision to exit the deal as "horribly destructive" and called climate change "a dagger aimed straight at the heart of New York City".

That's what Trump says in a tweet, and he adds: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Now, like clockwork, anonymous sources are rushing to clarify that Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and senior White House adviser, has always been firmly in the "remain" camp. What's more, over the long haul, climate change itself threatens to impose huge costs on the economy.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people both ways", he said as he met with Vietnam's prime minister in the Oval Office.

A move to leave would have significant environmental and diplomatic consequences.

The US is the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China. The Vatican and companies as diverse as ExxonMobil and Apple, as well as Tesla, had urged the president to remain in the pact.

In Madrid, the leaders of India and Spain expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implanting the Kyoto and Paris accords. It aims regulate the global average temperature to within 2 degrees Celsius of warming. Scientists warn that any delay in weaning the country off fossil fuels could exacerbate the negative effects of climate change for the rest of the globe.

While Trump wavers on the U.S.'s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, China is poised to take over as leader in the deal. And if Trump is against the Paris agreement, that could increase support in other countries for adhering to Paris - and for the economically challenging steps those countries might have to take to reduce emissions.

Trump has already moved to dismantle programs to fight global warming.

It would come over the objections of scores of big USA corporations anxious the move will undermine US growth instead of bolstering it.

As American utilities have turned away from coal, the nation has seen a corresponding decline in carbon emissions. The EPA is also moving to rescind rules to prevent methane leaks.

But as President Trump continues his path of destruction, alienating allies and pulling away from worldwide agreements, other nations are filling in the gaps. Under the deal's terms, he must wait until November 2019 to formally submit his bid to quit.

Skoog says a withdrawal would damage USA "ambitions in other multilateral negotiations and their work in the United Nations".

President Trump repeatedly lamented the agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the campaign trail.

Axios reported Wednesday that Trump meant to pull the United States out of the agreement, which was signed onto by almost 200 nations back in 2015.

Symbols are important. The voluntary targets under the agreement may create political pressure within countries to reduce emissions, and may help countries put pressure on each other to reduce emissions.

Guterres said in that speech that "it would be very important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement".

States including California, New York and MA continue to move forward with aggressive policies to cut carbon emissions.

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