Throughout his campaign, President Trump said he would back out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and now he’s poised to actually follow through on that promise.
Signed by nearly 200 countries, including the Obama administration, the climate change agreement would have forced the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel emissions by nearly 30 percent by 2025. However, Trump and Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are both suspicious of the theory that man-made climate emissions are causing the Earth’s weather to change.
In a reversal of the past eight years under Obama, who embrace the “global warming” theory, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions, all the while working to help shore up the country’s coal mine industry, which Obama vowed to destroy.
There are two ways for Trump to go on ending the U.S.’ participation in the Paris agreement: He can initiate a formal withdrawal, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or he could withdraw from the underlying U.N. climate change treaty on which the accord was based.
I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying that the decision to pull out of the agreement would be a “stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet’s future.”
During Trump’s trip to Europe last week, leaders over there pressured him to stay with the agreement. And on Wednesday, the United Nations tweeted out a quote from Secretary General Antonio Guterres aimed at Trump, stating, “Climate change is undeniable. Climate action is unstoppable. Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.”
Climate change is undeniable
Climate action is unstoppable
— United Nations (@UN) May 31, 2017
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