White House official: Trump expected to pull US from Paris deal

Candice Alexander
June 1, 2017

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. He has apparently been pondering what to do about that promise since the November election.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has repeatedly come under fire from environmentalists for being a member of President Donald Trump's council of business advisers, says he will leave the group if Trump scraps the Paris accord on climate change.

Trump's position also flies in the face of public sentiment - 71% of Americans believe the science, and 59% say that protecting the environment is more important than protecting jobs.

The 35-page document acknowledges man-made climate change as a threat and the likely irreversible damage it can cause.

It very likely will take place in Canada, around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly opens in New York City on September 12. The agreement, formed at a United Nations convention in 2015, is a landmark pact for dealing with greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. It could even result in world leaders imposing punitive carbon taxes on US imports to their countries. The rest of the world must move forward aggressively without the world's leading historical contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.

In doing so, Trump will put the U.S.in a global minority. Climate change is unstoppable. In April, Mr Trump was set to announce a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, but at the last minute changed his mind after intense discussions with advisers and calls from the leaders of Canada and Mexico. "Four years of the Trump administration may have only modest consequences, but eight years of bad policy would probably wreck the world's chances of keeping warming below the worldwide target of 2 degrees Celsius", he explained.

Tajani said earlier he would confer with Tusk and Juncker about "joint initiatives to be adopted together as a European Union" to offset the decision. He may rightly claim that the decision to withdraw from the agreement is consistent with his energy policies, but, in addition to it being a setback for the climate movement, Trump's action could end up working against the fossil fuel industries he has been keen to promote.

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".

The Pruitt team is deciding on whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal - which could take three years - or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, which would be faster but more extreme, Axis reported. They are now deciding whether to initiate a three-year formal withdrawal or to simply leave the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be faster, but more extreme, according to Axios.

UN Secretary General António Guterres recently called US participation in the Paris climate agreement as being "essential" - which, to some degree, is true.

The potential economic gains of the new energy economy will depend largely on which countries develop and supply the energy needs of the future. "You saw that at the G7".

The Paris Agreement aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100 with an ideal target of keeping temperature rise below 1.5°C (2.7°F). These include carbon dioxide generated from burning of fossil fuels that scientists blame for a warming planet, sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

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