UN Chief Urges Action on Climate Change as Trump Debates
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 0:54
Donald Trump is poised to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to multiple reports on Wednesday, in a move that would profoundly undermine the landmark agreement by almost 200 nations to curtail global warming.
What is not yet clear is whether Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based.
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and other leaders arrive for the group photo for the G7 Outreach Program on the second and last day of the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Italy.
President Trump met Tuesday with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ahead of a decision on whether the US will withdraw from the global pact aimed at slowing climate change.
The Paris climate agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, championed by former US President Barack Obama, was signed in 2015 by 195 countries and ratified by 147. If the report is accurate, America will join Syria and Nicaragua, the only two countries that have declared that they do not support the agreement.
The Associated Press meanwhile, reports Trump's announcement, which he has promised to make this week, may include "caveats" suggesting his decision is not final, so there's that. They said the deal would require the US government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which would hurt business.
"This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America", he said.
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China is turning more to natural gas as a way to reduce its dependence on coal and combat the country's extensive air pollution. He estimated the agreements would result in an improvement in the US trade deficit with China by the end of the year.
Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he'd withdraw the U.S. from the deal.
Various news outlets have reported that Trump has already made the decision to withdraw.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the pact.
A frustrated German Chancellor Angela Merkel later warned that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands", citing the differences with Washington on climate change as evidence of their divergent paths.
Elon Musk and Donald Trump.AP/ Evan VucciTesla CEO Elon Musk said he would leave President Donald Trump's advisory councils if the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Agreement.
"Our withdrawal would send the wrong message to the world".
Trump has maintained that the standards under the deal are unfair and would reduce job growth, as well as wages while increasing utility costs in the U.S. Trump said the U.S. economy would falter while other countries will flourish while expanding their GDPs.