Trump to decide on Paris climate agreement after G7 summit

James Marshall
May 13, 2017

Trump is expected to make a decision soon, and news reports suggest the president will make good on his campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

"The decision to delay by the White House is an opportunity to discuss the issue in detail", a French official said.

Fortunately, the rules now in effect for the Paris climate agreement require that the us remain in the agreement four years, but the long-term future of the PCA remains unknown.

Espinosa said the findings were "cause for optimism", adding that laws were one yardstick for tracking action on global warming alongside others such as investment in renewable energy or backing for a 2015 climate agreement ratified by 144 nations, Reuters reported. "It simply makes no sense, especially at a time when the U.S. needs all the new jobs it can generate, and all its allies to be working together".

When the Paris Climate Agreement was signed into effect in 2015, it was a monumental step toward worldwide cooperation in reducing global emissions. There's a battle royal inside the White House, we're told. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner favor staying, while chief strategist Steve Bannon favors keeping the president's pledge to withdraw. And about 7 in 10 USA voters in one poll think the US should be in the agreement. Plus: the latest on the Washington State nuclear site.

After months of uncertainty, Mr Trump had appeared to be edging toward a decision.

Delegates gathered in Bonn were cautiously optimistic that the move would give pro-Paris factions in the administration a chance to counter legal arguments for leaving Paris.

Yes we want to keep the United States of America within the Paris Agreement, for that country's own benefit and for the rest of the world, but we can not do so at any cost.

It also means Trump heads to Italy without having committed himself on the climate deal. Trump's pro-coal plans would weaken former president Barack Obama's goal to cut US emissions by between 26 and 28 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels.

The Chinese president also reaffirmed China's support for the European integration.

The worldwide debate about a country's rights to modify its commitments under the Paris Agreement stems from Article 4.11, a short but pivotal paragraph that states: "A Party may at any time adjust its existing nationally determined contribution with a view to enhancing its level of ambition".

Other countries and USA proponents of multilateral engagement stepped up their outreach to Trump over Paris in recent days, as a withdrawal appeared to be overwhelmingly likely.

As part of the Paris deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries as part of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S pledged in a document known as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 26- to 28-per-cent by 2025, based on their levels in 2005.

Coral Davenport, reporter for The New York Times, covering energy and environment policy.

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