Trump Likely to Withdraw US from Paris Climate Deal
White House sources have reportedly revealed that Donald Trump is to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet.
President Donald Trump is planning to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, a landmark agreement that commits nearly every country to fight against global warming, as announced by White House officials on Wednesday.
The decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, in which nearly 200 nations have pledged to limit global temperatures to a 2C increase on the pre-industrial era, will certainly infuriate main US allies.
Rumours that Trump was planning to pull the US out of the Paris agreement started at the G7 summit in Sicily last weekend, where European leaders showed exasperation at the lack of commitment from US to combat climate change. According to The Guardian, they suggested they are ready to move on with or without the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
“The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory,” said German chancellor Angela Merkel. “Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one.”
Even China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter (in total volumes, but not per capita), has promised that his country would move ahead with steps to curb climate change, regardless of what happens in the United States, reported the NY Times.
The upcoming decision, announced by a White House official, is "a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the U.S. economy and Trump’s energy agenda," as reported in Politico.
However, there were others inside the White House supporting to stay in the Paris deal, including Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.