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Trump, advisers meet Tuesday to discuss possible withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

Paris Climate Accord

Under the Paris Climate Accord, the United States agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 26 to 28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2025. AFP/Getty Images photo by Patrick Kovarik.

Paris Climate Accord signed by nearly 200 countries in 2015

President Donald Trump will meet with his advisers on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, according to a White House official.

The Paris agreement was signed by nearly 200 nations in 2015.  It works to limit planetary warming by cutting carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

As part of the deal signed by former President Obama, the United States agreed to cut its emissions between 26 and 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.

During the presidential campaign, Trump voiced skepticism about the accord.

According to a Reuters report, a White House official said aides to the president will “discuss the options, with the goal of providing a recommendation to the president about the path forward.”

Trump will meet with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

In the past, both men have questioned the science behind global warming, however, during his confirmation hearings in January, Rick Perry softened his stance.



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