Trump likely to withdraw US from Paris Climate Accord

Trump likely to withdraw US from Paris Climate Accord

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President Trump signs an executive order on American energy policy and climate regulations. March 28, 2017. Courtesy: White House
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on U.S. energy policy and climate regulations, on March 28, 2017, at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Looking on and smiling are EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, at left wearing blue tie. White House photo)

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he will announce whether the U.S. will remain a signatory in the Paris Climate Accord in coming days.

However, multiple media reports claim Trump already has decided to pull out of the agreement, which includes 195 signatories pledging to keep global temperatures at 35.6 F above pre-industrial levels and eventually move to keep them below 34.7 F.

The U.S. formally entered the deal in September 2016, with President Barack Obama declaring it the “single-best chance that we have to deal with a problem that could end up transforming this planet in a way that makes it very difficult for us to deal with all the other challenges that we may face.”

The deal is considered one of the landmark deals and part of Obama’s legacy but many of Trump’s supporters will support the president’s expected decision to pull out of the contract.

Trump has maintained that the standards under the deal are unfair and would reduce job growth, as well as wages while increasing utility costs in the U.S. Trump said the U.S. economy would falter while other countries will flourish while expanding their GDPs.

Amid reports that Trump could withdraw, the Associated Press reported that European Union and Chinese officials have vowed to reaffirm their commitment to the agreement.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that the president met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss the accord.

Pruitt has previously called for the U.S. to withdraw.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) also called on Trump to keep his campaign promise and withdraw from the agreement. “President Trump has an opportunity to relieve our nation of the unfair and economically devastating requirements of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations climate treaty he pledged to rip up during the campaign,” Cruz wrote in an Op-Ed for CNN.

On Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who signed an international declaration earlier this month that voiced support for the deal.

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