Spicer: Trump Will Decide on Paris Agreement After Summit

Gladys Abbott
May 19, 2017

A planned meeting on Tuesday of Trump's advisers on whether to pull out of the agreement, however, was postponed, a White House official said, citing a scheduling conflict.

Tiffany & Co.'s message to the Donald Trump arrives as the president considers whether or not to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement-the first global, legally-binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangers of climate change worldwide.

China has consistently reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris agreement.

The Paris accord was hailed as the last chance to stave off worst-case-scenario global warming, but was savaged by Trump during his presidential campaign. Afterwards protesters will gather outside the EPA for a rally and then will block the building's entrances.

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The May 8-18 Bonn meeting is meant to start drafting a guide for member countries to execute the pact, which seeks to brake global warming by curbing fossil fuel emissions.

He had been slated later Tuesday to meet key climate and economic advisers to discuss a possible withdrawal, but a senior White House official told AFP the meeting has been postponed.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said that it will make up its mind about whether or not to stay in the Paris agreement before the G-7 meeting in Italy at the end of this month.

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Trump's advisers have warned of legal problems if Washington stays in the Paris deal but waters down former president Barack Obama's goal of deep cuts in emissions by 2025.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, formerly chief of oil giant ExxonMobil, supports staying in the accord, but Scott Pruitt, administrator of the country's Environmental Protection Agency, says it "is a bad deal for America" that will cost some USA workers their jobs.

The meeting will be rescheduled, according to a report by Politico though the future date is uncertain.

The White House had previously said a decision would be reached before Trump's appearance at the summit.

Under the shadow of a possible USA pullout from the 2015 Paris climate accord, envoys are meeting in Germany on implementing the details of the deal.

Some fear a U.S. U-turn would dampen enthusiasm among other signatories for more efforts on emissions-cutting targets. In April, a group of multinational companies including Apple, DuPont, BP and Shell sent a letter "expressing our support for continued participation by the United States in the Paris climate change agreement".

Sales at the retailer's flagship store, which is next door to Trump Tower, have fallen since Trump's election due to traffic disruptions caused by the heavy security surrounding the building.

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