European Union warns Trump against quitting Paris climate deal

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 1, 2017

Gary Cohn, director of the influential White House National Economic Council, says that due to the surge in fracking in recent years, the USA now has abundant supplies of natural gas. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways". At the summit, leaders expressed dismay at Trump's climate stance.

A US decision to withdraw from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues.

How does a country exit the Paris Agreement? It would reflect a major reversal of the Obama administration's efforts on climate change.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 - so this means the United States would have to stay with it until November 2019.

Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a motion that would direct the city's departments to adhere to the Paris agreement as official policy.

"A US withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the USA and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters the climate conversations were unsatisfying.

Trump had vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president as part of an effort to bolster United States oil and coal industries. It is the first step to try to do something about climate change. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.The administration's decision comes after months of internal debate and speculation about what Trump, who campaigned on leaving the deal, would do once he took office.Others, though, say that the goals are attainable - and essential to keep carbon emissions in a range where the most catastrophic effects of climate change can be avoided.Get automatic alerts for this topic.

The exit of the U.S., the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter, will not dissolve the 195-nation pact, which was legally ratified past year, but it could set off a cascade of events that would have profound effects on the planet.

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.

Gore, who met with Trump during his presidential transition, has also been an outspoken critic of leaving the Paris accord.

"No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development, Hua said at a regularly scheduled news conference.

"We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of USA tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs", Trump said during an energy speech in May 2016.

A group of Republican US senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote Trump earlier this month encouraging him to make a clean break from the climate accord.

Foreign policy experts said the move could damage the US' credibility and weaken Mr Trump's efforts to negotiate issues far beyond climate change, like negotiating trade deals and combating terrorism.

The simple reason is America would join just two other countries in refusing to back the Paris agreement, Nicaragua and Syria. We become the source of the problem.

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp [MUYEY.UL], an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal. Some recent signs show that Chinese carbon emissions may have already flattened out, a decade earlier than expected.

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