President Donald Trump To Announce Climate Agreement Decision

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

Senior adviser Steve Bannon, who wants Trump to focus on actions that will rev up his conservative political base, has long opposed it. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, has come to the view that the standards set out in the agreement did not work for the USA economy and the question was whether to try to change those standards within the agreement or pull out, another senior administration official said.

The world awaits a decision by President Donald Trump about whether the United States will remain in the Paris Climate Agreement. In a subsequent tweet, he said he would resign as an adviser if his words were not heeded.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways", Trump said at the White House on May 31.

He has also had backlash against his business form anti-Trump customers because of his involvement with the White House. Language for the withdrawal was still being prepared Wednesday, and will likely include specific legal conditions crafted by Trump's administration.

However, Trump would, reportedly, withdraw from the climate agreement, CNN quoted two USA senior officials familiar with the plan.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

"I obviously don't know whether he's made it", Spicer said during an afternoon briefing.

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.


The Paris climate agreement was established during a 2015 conference in the French capital.

So far, 147 parties representing more than 82 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the agreement.

So, just a reminder - this was a campaign promise for President Trump. Trump faced intense pressure on both sides, including from his senior advisers and family.

Thursday, he's expected to announce his decision on whether the USA will remain a part of the Paris Climate Accord.

Michael Brune says future generations will look with "stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality". After the meetings concluded, the USA refused to sign onto a statement of support for the Paris accord that all other G7 participants approved.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dubbed the summit "dissatisfying".

Following Tesla (tsla) CEO Elon Musk's suggestion that he would quit his positions on several White House advisory councils if Trump's decision is to exit the deal, as has been widely reported, other firms and business leaders have also come out in favor of the pact.

Trump's expected decision to withdraw was likely to raise further questions about United States credibility overseas. Two senior US officials familiar with Trump's plans told CNN on Wednesday that the US President is expected to withdraw from the Paris accord. Other major powers, including China, have signaled they will uphold their commitments to Paris regardless of Trump's moves.


A pullout by the United States, the world's second-largest contributor to carbon emissions behind China, could have sweeping implications. We are the ones who put this deal together. Climate change is unstoppable. "For President Trump to take us out, it is anti-science".

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. She worked to ensure her father heard pro-Paris viewpoints, including from former Vice President Al Gore. "We have the best climate scientists who do measures of emissions, we have the regulatory understanding of how to do this, and we have the design - we've already linked with other carbon markets".

After the meetings concluded, the United States refused to sign onto a statement of support for the Paris accord that all other G7 participants approved.

But those voices were tempered by conservatives who argue the agreement harms American jobs and punishes United States taxpayers.

The president has pledged to reverse decades of decline in coal mining. A group of 21 Republican senators wrote to him last week urging him to make a "clean break" from the agreement.

Global leaders began reacting to the reports of Trump's plans.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has discussed the possibility of changing the US carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.

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.


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