Trump tells advisers USA will scrap Paris accord

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week! While forecasting the state of the environment more than 80 years into the future is a notoriously inexact exercise, academics gathered by the the United Nations at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are concerned the world is headed for "extensive" species extinctions, serious crop damage and irreversible increases in sea levels even before Trump started to unpick the fight against global warming.

Trump has previously called global warming a hoax created by the Chinese, and has reportedly told confidants that the United States will leave the climate change agreement.

Even with the USA doing what it promised under the Paris agreement, the world is likely to pass that 2 degree mark, many scientists said.

"And I'm quite certain the president is wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

According to several sources close to the President, Trump has been telling anyone and everyone that he will be taking the USA from the newly established climate agreement.

"We talked about how the positive relationship between Canada and the U.S. is one that we have to enhance and strengthen for the benefit of both of our citizens", Trudeau told reporters Saturday in the medieval town of Taormina, Italy.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an impassioned appeal Tuesday for the world to intensify action to combat climate change and implement the Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions as President Donald Trump debates whether the US will withdraw from the accord.

Just how Trump would pull the US out of the accord remains unclear, Axios notes.

Trump has at times seemed to downplay concerns over climate change. But a French official, speaking anonymously to describe the two men's conversation, indicted Trump offered few signs he was ready to remain in the Paris agreement.

European leaders were little short of furious with Trump over his climate change stubbornness.

But Trump can pull out of Paris, an agreement Putin has never liked, because it means a large fraction of Russia's fossil fuel reserves would remain in the ground, unable to provide vast revenue for him and the Kremlin.

More downbeat was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said the leaders' talks were "very hard, if not to say, very unsatisfactory".

But perhaps most profoundly, the trip underscored what "America first", as Trump has branded his governing philosophy, looks like on the world stage.

But last Saturday, as his aides tried to promote the trip's accomplishments, reporters bombarded them with questions about reports that Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, had talked about opening a secret back channel to Russian Federation during the transition.

"We respect the President's choice to reflect further on [his] engagement on climate change and the Paris accord", said Trudeau.

"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.

Trump's refusal to reaffirm the 2015 Paris pact on climate change aimed at reining in greenhouse gas emissions was the headline dispute of the G-7 summit in the cliff-top town of Taormina on Sicily's Ionian coast, but European commentators noted that across the board there was very little meeting of minds.

The U.S. negotiating team under Obama helped enable this, Bodnar said, when it insisted on politically binding architecture that encourages joint action. Get on board or get left behind.

"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 global target of 2 degrees Celsius", Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and worldwide affairs at Princeton University, said by email.

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