Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord

by Abel Hampton June 1, 2017, 0:08

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit global warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The New York Times reported this week that advisers were in a "tug of war" trying to influence Trump on the decision about the Paris agreement.

But a tweet from Trump in 2012 claimed climate change was a big hoax "created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

The Obama administration pledged a 26 to 28 percent cut in USA emissions, which Republicans have criticized for potentially having a negative impact on the American economy and its energy sector. The second is a faster but more drastic route, which would see the USA pull its backing from the underlying United Nations climate change treaty.

News that the president had either made the decision to pull the country out of the Paris Accord on climate change or was on the verge of doing so drew swift condemnation from California leaders.

Pulling out of the 2015 Paris agreement would serve a serious knock to President Barack Obama's climate legacy, as Axios notes.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly expressed his skepticism over laws and regulations driven by environmental concerns.

They enabled regulators to rewrite key rules curbing United States carbon emissions, lift a temporary ban on federal coal leasing and scrap a requirement for federal officials to consider the impact of climate change when making decisions.

Last week in Germany, McKenna met with Chinese special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua and European Union environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, where they discussed jointly hosting a meeting of environment ministers this fall to chart a path for implementing Paris among the world's major economies.

Reports out Wednesday indicated Trump might move forward with his campaign promise to withdraw the USA from a pact that leaders from close to 200 countries signed to fight climate change.

Aides to Trump said he was listening with an open mind to the other leaders' arguments about Paris, but had yet to decide whether to withdraw the U.S. from the pact.

Trump has also been bombarded with voices urging him to stay in the deal from outside the White House.

But, the president has already begun telling allies about the decision, which fulfills his campaign promise to "cancel" the agreement, CBS News reported.

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.


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