The Paris Climate Change Agreement requires countries to cut greenhouse emissions on a country-by-country basis, and the Obama administration committed the U.S. to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. With a United Nations meeting about the agreement on the horizon, Trump advisers are getting together on Tuesday in Washington DC to decide whether or not to stick with the deal. The president’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead that group, along with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The United Nations’ climate change meeting will take place next week in Bonn, Germany.
Pointing out that other countries such as China and India are not obligated to reduce their carbon emissions until 2030, Pruitt told reporters last month that the “Paris [agreement] is something that we need to really look at closely. It’s something we need to exit, in my opinion. It’s a bad deal for America. It was an America second, third, or fourth kind of approach. We front-loaded all of our costs.”
Supported by some in the U.S. oil and gas industry, including Exxon Mobil, Trump has been leaning towards keeping to the agreement. It’s been reported that Ivanka and her husband, White House special adviser Jared Kushner, are also supporting the notion of staying in the climate change game.
However, a State Department official told reporters that “the decision to participate in next week’s U.N. climate talks shouldn’t be construed as a sign that Trump has decided to stay in the Paris pact. To the contrary, the U.S. will be sending a ‘much smaller’ delegation than it has in years past.”
To date, 144 of the 197 countries that signed the Paris agreement have ratified it, according to the United Nations.
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