Trump will make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 13, 2017

The White House said the search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director was beginning immediately.

During the conversation, Macron told Trump that climate change was a crucial and sensitive issue for the French people and he would defend an global agreement crafted in Paris in 2015, the spokesperson said. But it was postponed.

The agreement caps and reduces the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), described as the world's fastest-growing climate pollutant, in a gradual process beginning by 2019, with action by developed countries including the United States, the world's second-worst polluter.

The Paris climate agreement may be better without the United States given the president's skepticism on the issue, worldwide experts said. 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.

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon are thought to be arguing for withdrawal.

"The US remains a party to the agreement and this implies that of course they have the right to have a seat at the table and to participate in all the discussions", UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa told AFP.

Spicer said Trump has been meeting with his team "extensively" to discuss the issue, which has divided his top advisers as they weigh the ramifications of withdrawing from the carbon reduction agreement. Obama ratified the accord last September.

While campaigning past year, Trump called climate change a hoax perpetrated by China, and promised to cancel the deal if he won the presidency. The official requested anonymity to discuss private conversations.

European countries have urged the continue to remain in the agreement, including newest French President Emmanuel Macron, who released a video on social media, pleading in English for American scientists and researchers to come to France to continue their work on climate change.

The agreement was savaged by a campaigning Trump, who threatened to "cancel" it if elected. Please keep the the Paris Climate Agreement.

Over the weekend, the EPA administrator released a letter stating that under federal ethics standards he is obligated to recuse himself from legal cases he was involved with in his old job.

On Monday, the United States deputy assistant secretary for worldwide environmental affairs, David Balton, said the decision would likely be taken "over the next couple of weeks, but not this week". "He told him (Trump) that he will protect what was made in Paris".

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