Trump wants fair deal for Americans under Paris agreement: WH

Marsha Scott
June 3, 2017

President Donald Trump will follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters, a move that promises to deepen a rift with USA allies.

"The effects of climate change are risky and they are accelerating". That's according to a White House official, congressional officials and others briefed by the White House.

Trump alleged that the Paris agreement on climate change agreed upon by more than 190 countries was "negotiated poorly by Obama admin and signed out of desperation".

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

This comes shortly after UN Secretary General António Guterres said in a speech in NY the UN was trying to convince the Trump administration staying with the accord was important for USA national security and its economy.

President Donald Trump will announce today his decision on whether to keep the United States in a global pact to fight climate change, as a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.

White House officials cautioned that details were still being hammered out and that, although close, the decision on withdrawing from the worldwide accord - agreed to by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015 - was not finalised. In a more extreme case, other countries could decide to impose carbon tariffs on the United States. Perhaps more importantly, they have requested industry input to create new policies that are rigorous and balanced enough to withstand likely political changes in years to come.

Pence called Trump's decision "refreshing".

The pact was the first legally-binding global deal to fight climate change. Modi on Wednesday expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. An overwhelming majority of scientists the human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change.

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Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change. However, his decision to back out of the deal goes against advice from several aides of his, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

In response to industry's desire to stay in the agreement for regulatory certainty, the senator's spokesman countered Wednesday that pulling out would achieve just that, as it is consistent with other choices made by the administration, like the possible annihilation of the Clean Power Plan.

"Ultimately, he wants a fair deal for the American people and he will have an announcement coming on that shortly", Spicer said.

Trump thinks that the climate change was something invented by the Chinese to stop USA companies from making a lot of money.

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Canada is going to show leadership with China and the European Union and we certainly hope the USA will be joining us", McKenna told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

The agreement called for scaling up of financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity-building framework to support action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries in line with their own national objectives.

"But even if the USA government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for the U.S. societies as a whole, for the cities, the states, the companies, the business to remain engaged with the Paris agreement - so it is very clear that governments are not everything".

The U.S.is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

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