President Trump Reneges Paris Agreement Withdrawal

Daniel Tiveau  CIFOR

"As the President has made abundantly clear, the USA is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms more favorable to our country".

The Trump administration may not remove the United States from the Paris Agreement, a historic and vital 195 nation accord to reduce risky greenhouse gases.

Front page of the New York Daily News for June 2, 2017: President Donald Trump announced Thursday he's pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord, dealing a blow to global hopes of fighting climate change and potentially seriously damaging America's diplomatic standing around the world. His decision fulfilled a campaign promise, but was met with widespread criticism both at home and overseas.

The White House on Saturday denied reports that the Trump administration is no longer seeking to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.

He said the USA would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really a entirely new transaction" on terms that he said are fair to us businesses, workers and taxpayers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior administration officials now plan to "renegotiate". However, after a meeting compiled of 30 world leaders from China as well as USA allies from the European Union and Canada, he may scrap that idea completely.

Canada's environment minister Catherine McKenna said during the Montreal summit that the Paris climate agreement was crucial to advancing the climate action agenda.

If true, this would mark yet another reversal of a Trump campaign promise, one of the most controversial. "And if we can, that's great, and if we can't, that's fine", Mr. Trump said in June. "The United States can do whatever it wants either way".

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