United Nations climate talks frustrated over U.S. stance

Olive Rios
May 15, 2017

White House press secretary said Tuesday that a decision on whether the USA will withdrawal from the Paris climate accord will not come before the G-7 summit in Italy next month.

But an ongoing argument over the fate of the 2015 Paris climate accord has spilled into unusually public view as top advisers to the President near a decision on withdrawing from the landmark pact.

Trump and his top climate and economic aids will kick-off discussions in earnest on Tuesday in the USA, a senior administration official said, adding that "they are meeting tomorrow at 1.30 pm". However, fears loom large that if the world's number two carbon polluter, the USA, pulls out, it will throw the pact into disarray.

These organizations include the American Energy Alliance, which yesterday said that remaining a party to the treaty would "undermine the Trump administration's efforts to protect American families from unnecessary and burdensome climate regulations". Lisa Murkowski were just some of the discussions she is holding over the next two weeks as part of her White House "listening tour".

Trump has resolved to announce his intentions by this month's Group of 7 meeting in Sicily, meaning a decision to withdraw could isolate him at his first gathering of world leaders.

Meanwhile, representatives of almost 200 countries that are party to the Paris agreement are meeting in Bonn this week to discuss technical aspects of implementing the accord. In April, a group of multinational companies including Apple, DuPont, BP and Shell sent a letter "expressing our support for continued participation by the United States in the Paris climate change agreement".

Spicer's announcement came the same day that a team of top administration officials postponed deliberations on whether to recommend that the US stay in the pact or exit it, which Trump promised to do during last year's presidential campaign.

"It is clear from the agreement that if you do change your target, you are encouraged to change it in a more ambitious direction", she said.

Macron and Trump spoke for about 10 minutes Monday, according to Haim.

A State Department official told AFP: "We are focused on ensuring that decisions are not taken at these meetings that would prejudice our future policy, undermine the competitiveness of USA businesses, or hamper our broader objective of advancing USA economic growth and prosperity". "I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue", said Macron in the video.

Some fear a U.S. withdrawal from the agreement would dampen enthusiasm among other signatories for ramping up national emissions-cutting targets. The postponement also allows more time for top administration officials to hash out the potential benefits and legal risks of remaining in the global carbon-cutting pact reached among almost 200 nations in December 2015.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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