Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Pulls US From Climate Accord, Dismaying Allies

Trump Pulls US From Climate Accord, Dismaying Allies

Trump met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, a staunch advocate of leaving the accord, on Tuesday to discuss his plans, signaling yet another death knell for US participation.

A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the agreement, but that there's been no final decision.

President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was withdrawing the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas.

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S. in the landmark agreement.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the USA for agreeing to the terms".

She has been joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has said withdrawing from the agreement could harm U.S. negotiating power. But he was also breaking from many of America's staunches allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

The executive director of the Sierra Club is calling the expected US pullout from a global agreement on climate change a "historic mistake". But afterward, leaders said Trump offered few assurances he would uphold commitments to carbon reductions made under the Obama administration.

Last week in Germany, McKenna met Chinese special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua and European Union environment commissioner Karmenu Vella and discussed jointly hosting a meeting of environment ministers this fall to chart a path for implementing Paris among the world's major economies.

He said the US could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms or work to establish "an entirely new transaction".

A small team was deciding if they should formally withdraw, which could take years, or exit the United Nations climate change treaty.

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Trump said he would be open to returning to the Paris accord if the terms could be renegotiated more in America's favor. We've heard from Portland lobster farmers struggling because rising sea temperatures are driving their catch away.

"Climate action is unstoppable", he said.

Scientists say that USA withdrawal from the pact would worsen an already bad problem, and make it far more hard to prevent crossing a risky global temperature threshold.

In his first major address on climate, Mr Guterres said the world must fulfill the commitments of the 2015 agreement "with increased ambition".

Although Trump said this past weekend that he was still considering whether to remain in the pact, Axios reported this weekend that it's already a done deal.

At the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, other world leaders tried unsuccessfully to persuade Trump to announce he is committed to the climate agreement.

"Our withdrawal would send the wrong message to the world", Buchanan says. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable".

California Governor Jerry Brown called Trump's decision possibly "tragic" and a step "backwards" for the US.

The US president has reportedly told confidants that, true to his election campaign pledge, he will pull the US out of the agreement, but his defence secretary said the "president is wide open on this issue".

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy.

C2ES, an NGO, said it would run full page ads in Thursday's New York Times and Wall Street Journal that feature 25 USA companies urging the president to make a last minute decision to stay inside the Paris accord "for the good of the economy".

Guterres said he will also rally countries to raise the bar on efforts to limit temperature rise and the United Nations system to promote climate action. But the country set aside $360 billion for renewable energy investment over the next four years and, in January, canceled plans for 103 new coal-fired power plants.

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