3 ways Trump could dump Paris climate agreement

Audrey Hill
June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, and his daughter is apparently very unhappy about it. Without mentioning the USA specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by China to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus. The 196 remaining signatories must strengthen their resolve in order to send a signal to President Trump that he stands alone on the issue of climate change.

Quitting the Paris accord may not resonate with members of Trump's Republican Party as much as his administration expects.

The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by over 190 countries and states around the globe.

During the G7 summit, Trudeau told Trump the world economy was already adjusting to climate change and the real issue was who should lead that process, said the source, who asked for anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

"One of the topics that they discussed, of course, was the president's upcoming decision on the Paris Climate Accords", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

If Trump does decide to pull out, he has a number of options.

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"The U.S. pulling out of Paris will not stop the fight against global warming, since nearly all other countries are committed to it", said Stefan Rahmstorf, a German climate researcher.

"Withdrawing from the agreement would cause us to lose this influence".

"A USA withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the US and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions. And the pain of these changes is largely born by the poorest, here in our own country and globally.

But Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders. The PPL shareholder proposal notes that 60 percent of PPL's power generation relies on coal and the company is the seventh largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the U.S. PPL, however, says its carbon emissions have been reduced 50 percent since it spun off its generation business into Talen Energy.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not", Merkel said.

Countries can't withdraw until three years after the Paris Agreement went into effect.

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