Leaving Paris accord will harm U.S. global influence — United Nations leader

Alain Brian
Mai 31, 2017

The United States is among the 147 countries and parties that have ratified the agreement but President Donald Trump has voiced concerns that the deal signed by the previous U.S. administration could harm the USA economy.

At the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, other world leaders tried unsuccessfully to persuade Trump to announce he is committed to the climate agreement. Pruitt has been a vocal proponent of withdrawing from the accord.

In Washington there is widespread uncertainty about Mr Trump's pending decision. "Withdrawing from the agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to retaliatory measures".

But there are virtually no signs he plans to remain in the agreement as it now stands.

And according to an unnamed French official cited by CNN, Trump told French president Emmanuel Macron in Brussels that "a lot of people in my country are against this agreement".

Whenever this pivotal decision is made, our take on the issue has been constant and clear: Stay in Paris.

Global warming might reach more unsafe levels even sooner if the USA backs out from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists have said. A White House spokesperson said the president has not yet made a decision, but will do so this week.

Senator Cash took on notice questions about whether the issue had been raised by the foreign minister or prime minister in their talks with U.S. counterparts.

Dr Merkel said on the weekend, "The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over".

"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", the communique read.

"However, there is a lot going on at the next level down between provinces and states", he added, using California as an example of a state taking a different approach on climate than Trump with its cap-and-trade system.

Speaking in New York, Mr Guterres said if any country doubted the need for the 2015 Paris climate accord, then other countries must "stay the course".

Almost every country has signed on to the Paris Agreement, and a majority have ratified it. The US refused to agree to the position on climate change.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", German chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

Back in Washington, Trump angrily shot back: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", he wrote on Twitter. And the emissions-heavy coal industry, which Trump wants to save, is in decline because of economic reasons, even as solar and wind are gaining, also for economic reasons. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he would end the power sector's months of waiting in the coming days. Trump campaigned on a policy of pulling the United States out of the accord, which he argues represents a "bad deal" for U.S. business. She's worked to ensure her father hears pro-Paris viewpoints, including during a phone call with former Vice President Al Gore.

In the question-and-answer session that followed, Guterres stated plainly that it's important for the USA to not leave the Paris agreement.

Trump is set to engage in discussions about the global economy and climate. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions."We talked about how the positive relationship between Canada and the United States is one that we have to enhance and strengthen for the benefit of both of our citizens", Trudeau told reporters Saturday in the medieval town of Taormina, Italy. Exxon, formally run by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reportedly reiterated its desire for the U.S.to keep on in a letter to the White House last week.

After persuading voters that America isn't great anymore, Trump apparently intends to make sure of it - by having this country lead the effort to kill humanity's last, best hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

"Honestly, I haven't asked him".

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