Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Trump expected to pull out of Paris Climate Agreement

Trump expected to pull out of Paris Climate Agreement

That's because President Donald Trump has stated that at 3 p.m. Thursday, Eastern Time, he'll give a Rose Garden address outlining whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement.

While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview Sunday, assuring that Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

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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.

If the United States were to pull out of the accord, it would join Syria and Nicaragua as three out of the 145 countries that have signed on to the 2015 agreement sponsored by the United Nations to slow climate change.

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If the U.S. opts to leave it will leave them aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialised economies to reject the action to combat climate change.

"If President Trump decides to remove the United States from this agreement, it will weaken our standing globally - allowing other countries to adopt leading roles when it comes to our shared responsibility to protect our planet for future generations", said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley. White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated during a press conference Wednesday that pleas for the president to stay in Paris aren't guaranteed influence.

The White House signaled withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

The non-binding climate deal is set to take effect in 2020, and asks that all signing countries - rich and poor - take concrete steps to reduce their emissions in the face of climate change, while leaving some flexibility for how they do it.

"Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies", he said.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

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"Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China", he said.

Trump, a Republican who has claimed global warming is a hoax, has moved quickly since taking office to delay or block restrictions on burning of fossil fuels enacted by his predecessor that he claims are holding back economic growth.

The issue of climate change and the USA stance in the Paris climate accord was also pushed on Trump during the G-7 summit in Sicily last week.

Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord.

In Congress, 40 Democratic senators sent Trump a letter saying withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

The United States is the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a gas that stays in the air for 100 years and about one-fifth of what's accumulated in the atmosphere over the last century came from the United States, more than any other country.

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