Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump may be obliged to alter stance on climate change

Trump may be obliged to alter stance on climate change

In recent years, the G7 has produced strong proclamations on climate change and decarbonisation, including a 2015 pledge to end all fossil fuel use by the end of the century.

Other options are available to the leaders of nations who want to publicly back the Paris agreement, but allow Trump to prevaricate.

Mr Trump, who has laughably described climate change as a hoax perpetrated by China, has pledged to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and try to reinvigorate the coal industry.

When the UN failed to reach a landmark climate deal eight years ago in Copenhagen, Stern talked to Xie about the notion that even though climate change had been "an area of stress and tension" between the U.S. and China, historically, the two nations "had a real opportunity to make this a positive pillar for our relations", Stern said.

"Thank you. I won't forget what you said", Trump told Pope Francis, before leaving the Pope's private study after a half-hour private meeting. The potentially divisive topic is likely to be on the agenda as well when Merkel hosts fellow Group of 20 leaders for a summit in Hamburg in July.

That is why the Paris Climate Agreement is so vital.

In its proposed budget, the Trump administration also says the United States has fulfilled its $2 billion pledge to the Climate Investment Funds and does not intend to provide further contributions.

Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement, but is still making up his mind.

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The easiest way for Trump to end US participation in Paris and all worldwide climate agreements would be for him to remove the country's signature from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

One of the key dangers of United States withdrawal is that the billions of dollars of aid America has pledged to give developing nations to help them transition over to renewable energy will dry up. The White House initially planned to make a decision before the summit, press secretary Sean Spicer said in March.

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Trump's decision on Paris won't be made until after he returns from his first foreign trip, Tillerson told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One on the way from Rome to Brussels. But key administration officials like EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House adviser Steven Bannon have pushed for a quick USA exit.

As Trump makes his first worldwide trip as president, the focus has shifted to whether the US will remain a part of the Paris climate change agreement.

In a letter to the president, the lawmakers urged Mr. Trump to withdraw from the deal, which calls on the cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025.

"We would be joining Syria and Nicaragua", said Sen.

"On the other hand, the withdrawal of the United States would potentially threaten the entire structure [of the Paris Agreement]", she continued.

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