UK 'disappointed' if US pulls out of Paris climate accord

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 1, 2017

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.

The president acknowledged as much to reporters Wednesday, saying, "I'm hearing from a lot of people both ways".

Syria and Nicaragua are the only countries that don't participate in the agreement - the latter refusing because it said the agreement did not go far enough to protect the planet.

Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge but would anger global allies who spent years in hard negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions. While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican. The president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout, an official said, insisting on anonymity to discuss the decision before an official announcement.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

Trump, a global warming sceptic, has been critical of the accord saying it would be harmful for America's manufacturing and that other nations such as India, China and Russian Federation were not doing enough for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

But the President, a coal industry supporter, promised in the campaign to flee the Paris pact, and nationalists like adviser Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt are said to have the upper hand in holding him to the pledge. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad but would like to find a way to see if USA emissions targets can be changed.

"There's no doubt that regulations have costs, but they are not the primary driver of employment", said Michael Greenstone, an economist at the University of Chicago.

The agreement also hinges on developed countries like the United States, whose economies have contributed more emissions historically, helping to finance developing countries' transition to cleaner forms of energy.

After G7 talks last week, many fear that Trump will withdraw the United States from the pact. Trump did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter.

"If one of the biggest emitters doesn't wish to take advantage of that flexibility and stay part of the solution, I bet it will only embolden those who want to reach for more punitive approaches", he said.

And Trump should follow suit with his approach to the Paris agreement, giving adequate weight to the environmental cost of fossil fuels as he considers the daunting economic cost of greater limits on emissions. Apple CEO Tim Cook also reportedly called the White House to urge the president to keep the U.S. in the agreement. CBS News has learned the president has told his advisors he will withdraw the USA from the agreement.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, had helped negotiate the accord in Paris in 2015. Like his boss, Pruitt has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that the Earth is warming and that man-made climate emissions are to blame.

"It really is repudiation of everything the worldwide community has attempted on climate change, from conversations to collecting of data".The comments came after media reports said Trump would withdraw from the global agreement to curb emissions.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.And despite Republican claims of regulatory overreach and financial harm, critics contend that both economic and political leadership will shift away from the United States of America if the country abandons the agreement.

News of President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the United States from a global climate deal has led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations. Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas. They include Apple, Google and Walmart. Under the agreement, it is up to each country to set and meet their own goals. Rep.

The Associated Press interviewed dozens of scientists and consulted computer simulations, and they say without the USA pledges, the risky 2-degree rise is almost inescapable. Those pledges added up to preventing 117 billion tons of carbon dioxide from being put into the air by 2030, analysts calculate.

Dirk Forrister, president and CEO of the nonprofit International Emissions Trading Organization, noted that some foreign officials have raised the prospect of imposing a "carbon tariff" on US products, but said that is uncharted territory and would have serious consequences.

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