Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris climate accord

Faith Castro
June 2, 2017

"The fact that the President in this speech today said that he wants to come back and renegotiate a better deal for the USA and for the world I think pretty much speaks for itself", a White House official told reporters in a briefing of the President's stance on the issue.

"It seems very unnecessary to have to withdraw from the Paris Agreement if the concern is focused on the U.S. emissions target and financial contributions", said Sue Biniaz, who served at the State Department as the United States" lead climate change lawyer from 1989 until earlier this year.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner went to synagogue Thursday morning for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, according to the White House.

Similarly, Trump argued that the U.S. would try to "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or [a] really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Instead it was Bannon - the conservative former firebrand executive editor of the Breitbart website and CEO of Trump's presidential campaign - who basked in the accolades from workers, veterans and other guests milling around the Rose Garden shaking hands and receiving back pats well after Trump had finished his speech and returned to the Oval Office.

The United States will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries that are not part of the agreement.

USA supporters of the pact said any pullout by Trump would represent an abdication of American leadership on a leading issue of our time and would show that the United States can not be trusted to follow through on global commitments.

In 2016, almost 200 countries agreed to the pact, which would curb climate-changing emissions. Virtually every nation voluntarily committed to steps aimed at curbing global emissions of "greenhouse" gases.

Major U.S. allies, business leaders and even the Pope had urged the remain in the deal.

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The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries.

Since taking office, he has come under pressure from some advisers, close US allies, corporate CEOs, Democrats and some fellow Republicans to keep the United States in the accord.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States". "The impacts have been estimated to be likely to reduce global temperature rise by less than.2C in 2100".

Merkel met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and they pledged to continue fighting climate change.

In a statement backed by all 28 European Union states, the European Union and China were poised to commit to full implementation of the agreement, officials said.

And that contradiction gets to the heart of why Trump seemed, today, not to be arguing against the Paris agreement itself, but rather, against the Obama administration's climate pollution pledge under that agreement, under which the United States would cut its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below their 2005 levels by the year 2020.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Thursday, "Climate action is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do".

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, whose Pacific island nation already is grappling with rising sea levels, expressed disappointment with Trump's expected move but applauded other countries for redoubling their commitments.

"GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed", the company said in a statement sent to CNBC.

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