Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Reported to Have Told Confidants US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

Trump Reported to Have Told Confidants US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the conclusion of a G7 summit in Sicily has revealed that a debate between leaders over climate had been "very unsatisfying", noting that the United States had been totally isolated in its refusal to commit to the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The Paris deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, set out in 2015, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.

After leaving this picturesque town on the rugged Sicilian hillsides, Trump went by helicopter to the U.S. Naval Air Station at Sigonella on the island to board Air Force One for the flight home.

The Turnbull government ratified the Paris agreement in November. The U.S.is the world's second leading producer of greenhouse gasses and the largest single contributor to the United Nations budget for climate action.

U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants", including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark worldwide agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge. Earlier Saturday, Trump announced on Twitter that he would make a decision on the accord next week.

In order to do that, countries pledged to reduce their carbon emissions.

"If a country sought to withdraw from the agreement it takes four years", Turnbull said at the time.

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During his campaign preceding the 2016 election, Trump summed up his stance on combating emissions by telling a SC crowd, "I want to use hair spray".

If other countries follow the US out of the Agreement, which remains a risk, that danger only multiplies. The position makes the United States the lone holdout on endorsing the agreement during the G7 summit in Italy.

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, agreed. "Therefore, we reiterate our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism, while standing firm against all unfair trade practices", it said, while pledging to help those left behind by globalisation, reported Agence France-Presse.

"Hundreds of US states, cities, and companies are also moving forward on climate action".

But according to a media report by USA website Axios, Mr Trump has told "confidants", including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark worldwide agreement on climate change.

Mr Trump told voters on the campaign trail he wanted to scrap agreements "contrary to the national interest", while repeatedly promising to strengthen the coal industry.

"I think he's leaning to understand the European position", Cohn said. "And he wants to clearly hear what the European leaders have to say". "He knows that Paris (deal) has important meaning to numerous European leaders".

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