Trump moves to pull U.S. from Paris climate deal

Published On May 31, 2017 | By | News, Politics

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump stands in front of a U.S. flag while listening to U.S. first lady Melania Trump give a speech to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

By: Samantha Berdini

President Donald Trump is expected to follow through on his campaign pledge to draw the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, a senior official briefed on the decision told CNN. A resolution many say is sure to damage relationships with U.S. allies.

White House officials have warned that the method for withdrawal has not yet been decided, and plans are subject to change until Trump makes a final statement later this week.

Following a number of news reports on Wednesday, Trump tweeted:

 

Trump, who has previously called climate change hoax, refused to support the climate change accord at the G7 summit of wealthy nations, on Saturday.

The U.S. is the world’s second biggest carbon monoxide emitter behind China, according to the Energy Information Agency. An EU official told Associated Press that EU and China will reaffirm their commitment to the agreement regardless of Trump’s decision.

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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