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Why Concerns About Trump's Paris Accord Pullout Are Overblown

Why Concerns About Trump's Paris Accord Pullout Are Overblown

Mr Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn has discussed the possibility of changing the USA carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.

During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit. Former Irish president and United Nations high commissioner Mary Robinson said: "It is unconscionable that one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters would simply walk away from its responsibility to people both at home and overseas, in the interest of short- term fossil fuel profits".

Ms Merkel's statement comes as several world leaders attempt to lobby Donald Trump into keeping the United States in the accord that aims to fight climate change. On one side is the economic nationalist wing of his White House, advisers such as Steve Bannon who have called climate change a "manufactured crisis" and who once urged "good global warming skeptics" to leave all the lights in their house on in order to protest the Paris talks.

President Donald Trump, in announcing the USA withdrawal from the landmark Paris accord to combat climate change, said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

The announcement comes in the wake of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump's decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

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The White House had signaled earlier in the week that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

"At least previous leaders, even though their actions have been woefully inadequate, at least they recognised that there was a problem with climate, and something needed to be done", he said, describing Mr Trump as a "complete maverick" on the issue.

He said that the USA would negotiate for better terms. The aim is to rein in warming levels since industrialization to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

"The Accord", the document goes on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".

In other words, if the US were to abide by the voluntary limits on carbon emissions reached in Paris in 2015, it would be not be a policy reversal so much as a doubling down on the energy direction much of the country has already taken.

Trump to announce Paris climate accord decision Thursday
Trump has not given any indication of which way he is leaning, saying he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways". Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel indicated after that meeting that the US was no longer a reliable partner to Germany.

As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of USA leadership. President Obama released a statement, saying that, "But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got". Meyer thinks the strongest case for rejoining will be from business leaders like Walmart, Apple and Intel arguing both the economic and environmental benefits in transitioning away from fossil fuels.

The United States under former President Barack Obama's administration had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Still, Cohn said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the US economic growth", and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

He would "begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction" that's a fairer deal for Americans, Trump said.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group's vice-president, said withdrawal from the agreement was "shortsighted" and called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities such as his, as well as the nation and the world.

Trump expected to leave climate deal
The leaders in that agreement were the USA and China , who together produce close to 45 percent of global emissions . That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police US carbon emissions.

But Cohn, Trump's chief White House economic adviser, told reporters during the trip overseas that the president's views on climate change were "evolving" following the discussions with European leaders.


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