White House official: Trump plans to pull USA from Paris deal
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 7:14
While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.
Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord.
In the meantime, it would be seen as a defeat for those within his administration who seemed to support staying in the pact, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.
The White House said Trump spoke with the leaders of Germany, France, Canada and Britain Thursday to explain his decision and reassured them that the U.S.is committed to the trans-Atlantic alliance and "robust efforts to protect the environment".
Longer term, the impact of a US withdraw depends on how other countries and investors respond.
Responding to shouted questions from reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he had been hearing from people on both sides of the issue, but he declined to indicate whether he had made up his mind.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in.
The Agreement called on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
It very likely will take place in Canada, around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, which starts in New York City on September 12.
"Canada is going to show leadership with China and the European Union and we certainly hope the USA will be joining us", McKenna told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.
"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.
"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".
At home in America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed the decision and said mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies.
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They will also call on other global leaders to respect the commitments made in the Paris climate deal.
Shortly after the news broke, the United Nations tweeted "Climate change is undeniable".
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented.
Though his stance on climate change is widely known, withdrawing from the deal is expected to have significant repercussions.
He also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth.
He said the USA could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms or work to establish "an entirely new transaction".
Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a U.S. exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
Scientists say that Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Instead, it's catalyzed support for the deal. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling USA coal mines.
US President Donald Trump is reportedly pulling out the Paris climate accord. It is thus not surprising, that many private corporations, including major oil and gas companies have adopted climate action.
Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.
He said solar power grew 50 percent past year, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries".
A dozen large groups including oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont, Google, Intel and Microsoft, have urged Trump to remain part of the deal.
The U.S.is the second-largest emitter, contributing about 15 per cent, followed by the European Union, responsible for about 10 per cent. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently cancelling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.