Trump is pulling USA out of Paris climate change deal, reports say

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 1, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who repeatedly called for the U.S. to exit the agreement, will be part of a small team figuring out the details of the withdrawal, according to Axios.

President Donald Trump will fulfill his campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision say.

Climate change is unstoppable.

Trump had indicated on his worldwide trip last week that he was thinking he would honor his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement, according to CNN.

Mr Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" on several occasions in the past, even blaming China at one point for making it up as a concept.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Brussels late Thursday for talks with EU president Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, with climate change at the top of the agenda. It won't be part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The decision to withdraw will put the United States in league with Nicaragua and Syria as the world's only non-participants in the treaty.

Others supporting the agreement include his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

A pullout by Washington would deal a devastating blow to global efforts to combat climate change less than 18 months after the historic 196-party pact was signed in Paris. The significance of the decision is that the US will withdraw from the international agreement that marked the biggest development in the worldwide fight against global warming.

Those who want the remain in have some reason for hope.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted her disappointment Wednesday, calling the potential move a "stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

Almost 200 countries, including the US under President Obama, signed the 2015 treaty agreeing to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

The news from the White House led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations.

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

The US is the world's second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter behind China.

Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable. In a speech at City Hall, he urged the Trump administration to reconsider.

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

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