Democrats decry Trump's expected withdrawal from Paris climate pact

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 1, 2017

It would also reflect a major reversal of the Obama administration's efforts on climate change and could trigger further efforts to erode the landmark agreement. In April, Mr. Trump was set to announce a withdrawal from the NAFTA free trade agreement, but at the last minute changed his mind after intense discussions with advisers and calls from the leaders of Canada and Mexico. Last week, a senior administration official said Mr. Trump would use a speech in Brussels to make an explicit endorsement of NATO's Article 5 mutual defense provision, which states that an attack on one North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member is an attack on all.

Due to Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear to all that it would be impossible to honor the Obama administration's Paris pledge.

Guterres said in that speech that "it would be very important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement".

"Details on just how exactly the USA will be withdrawing are still being worked out by a team that includes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt", CBS News reported.

According to the language of the agreement, a party that has fully joined the accord, as the USA has, can not formally withdraw for three years after the date of joining - and that is then capped by an extra year long waiting period.

Conservatives, such as Pruitt, have argued the agreement wasn't fair to the United States and the fact of the USA staying in would be used as a weapon by environmental groups seeking to fight Trump environmental policies.

Trump could pull the United States out of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or the UNFCCC, entirely.

He spoke early and often about jobs, the economy and government overregulation, however, and will likely frame any move to abandon the Paris agreement as evidence that his presidency is taking action to put more money in American pockets.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, U.S. President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker watch the Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force acrobatic squadron performing, in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. So just to be clear, Trump would essentially be using unilateral powers to cancel a treaty that enjoyed the flawless, full support of a bipartisan Senate.

Trump could submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate, making a legal argument that the deal is actually an global treaty-which demands Senate ratification-as opposed to an executive agreement, which the Obama administration insisted it was. In fact, during the negotiations, the US team took great pains to make sure that the language in the deal didn't give birth to a true treaty, specifically for the goal of avoiding the two-thirds vote needed in the Senate. The two are expected to make a statement of their own. The fossil fuel lovers at the Competitive Enterprise Institute have been making precisely this pitch.

Canada's commitments under the agreement are to reduce annual emissions to 30 per cent less than they were in 2005 by 2030.

And Sweden's Climate Minister Isabella Lovin says "it would be deeply regrettable" if the United States decides to pull out of a landmark global climate agreement, adding "it is also contrary to what we expect from the USA leadership when humanity faces major challenges". It will be backed by all 28 European Union member states, including the United Kingdom.

In the world of "make no waves" diplomacy, a statement like this can be read as a scolding.

"If cities and towns and counties and states all over the country step up and agree to abide by the Paris agreement, we can forestall the worst", he said.

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