Trump poised to pull out of Paris climate deal: U.S. media

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

The lack of clarity was compounded as USA officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told several news outlets that Trump is leaning toward leaving the landmark accord.

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp [MUYEY.UL], an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal.

On Tuesday the U.N. Secretary-General sent a less-than-subtle warning to Mr. Trump, saying that if one country decides to leave a void in leadership, he can guarantee someone else will occupy it. He did not sign a joint statement articulating support for the accords at the G-7 conference.

Scott Vaughan, president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, said the US withdrawal would be a blow to Paris and climate change policy around the world because, until recently, it had been the leader on the file.

Trump on Wednesday declared that abandoning the Paris climate agreement would be a victory for the American economy.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening USA industry.

A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Trump did, and would spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations.

However, we must commit to an even stronger role for states in tackling this and other global issues. The Latin American country's climate envoy Paul Oquist said Nicaragua was "not able to support the consensus".

Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and the former head of Breitbart, had pressed Trump to stick with his campaign promise and leave the deal.

Others supporting the agreement include his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The president of Exxon Mobil wrote Trump personally stressing the importance of maintaining a seat at the global negotiating table. Musk said he's done everything he can to lobby Trump to stay.

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

America's worldwide allies and Trump's domestic opponents lashed out Wednesday at media reports that he had made up his mind to pull the United States out of the global accord to curb carbon emissions, a move that would make the deal less effective.

A group of Republican US senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote Trump earlier this month encouraging him to make a clean break from the climate accord. Trump has promised to promote the coal industry over renewables.

"The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis", Obama said, speaking from the White House.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus. "It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way".

Under Obama, Washington had pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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