Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal

Laura Christensen
June 1, 2017

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk threatened to withdraw from President Trump's Business Advisory Council if the White House withdraws from an worldwide agreement aimed at curbing climate change.

Exiting the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge from the president, but would be certain to anger allies that spent years negotiating the accord to reduce carbon emissions.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the pact. Friends of the Earth said it would make America the world's "foremost climate villain".

A spokesman for Peabody said the company would support a decision by Trump to withdraw from the Paris deal because the "accord is flawed on a number of levels".

While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

That's what the top House Democrat is calling President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the USA from a historic climate agreement.

On Tuesday, Trump met a key voice advocating for withdrawal, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. 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.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Canadian government remains committed to the Paris Accord.

But Musk has long held climate change as a personal passion topic, even positioning Tesla as a beacon of hope because its electric vehicles do not generate carbon emissions that cause global warming.

In reality, it would take several years for the U.S.to extricate itself from the obligations that flow from having signed the agreement, the head of the European Union's executive arm added.

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McKenna said the rest of the world doesn't intend to sit and wait for Trump.

"Many times I've made the argument that climate action actually creates jobs and creates growth, which is what the United States want, what Canada wants - it's what every country wants".

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".

A decision due from the president this week on whether to pull the USA out of the deal involving nearly 200 nations could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries in limiting fossil-fuel pollution, making it nearly impossible and extremely expensive to stop catastrophic climate change.

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

The flags of China and the European Union.

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned United States that quitting the Paris climate agreement could threaten the country's economic, security and societal status. An overwhelming majority of scientists the human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change.

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