Two senior US officials told CNN Wednesday morning that President Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. This is a major break from international partners that would isolate the United States in global efforts to curb global warming.
The move marks an extreme departure from the Obama administration, which was instrumental in crafting the deal. It also makes the U.S. an outlier among the world’s developed nations, nearly all of whom support the climate change accord.
“I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
A White House spokeswoman refused to confirm or deny that a final decision has been made. She said an announcement would be coming in the next few days and that staff did not want to get ahead of the president’s decision. She also cautioned the plans could change before Trump makes his decision public.
But in conversations over the past week, Trump has made clear he plans to fulfill his campaign promises he made just over a year ago to “cancel” the accord. There’s speculation that a public letter sent to him last week by 22 Senate Republicans helped seal his decision.
Top Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told President Trump through a letter released on Thursday to abandon the Paris climate change deal. The Republicans said the Paris agreement would create “burdensome regulations” in pursuit of cutting climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions.
On Tuesday, Trump met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been a key voice advocating for withdrawal. Trump is set to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports remaining in the deal.
If Trump does exit the Paris Accord, the U.S. will be one of only two other developed nations in not participating in the Paris agreement. Syria and Nicaragua also do not participate in the Paris agreement. All other 194 countries in the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change have signed on, and 146 have ratified the agreement.
The Hill reports, “It is unclear whether Trump will work through the four-year exit process within in the agreement, or declare that since it is not binding, he can bypass it.”
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