Trump to leave Paris Climate Accord: Reuters

Paris Climate Accord

Sources say President Donald Trump will back out of the Paris Climate Accord. AP photo by Francois Mori.

Paris Climate Accord pullout will deepen the rift with US allies

According to a story by Reuters, President Donald Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.  The move is expected to further alienate US allies already wary of Trump.

Officials with the White House caution that the details are still being worked out and the decision to withdraw from the international agreement has not been finalized.

President Trump said on Twitter “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days.”

Should the US drop out of the pact, they will join Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the accord.

The Reuters source, speaking on condition on anonymity, said the president was working alongside EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on the terms of the planned withdrawal.

Pruitt is an oil industry ally and climate change skeptic.  During the presidential election campaign, Trump called climate change a hoax to weaken US industry.

 

“The president will make an announcement when he’s made a final decision,” a senior official told Reuters.

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While in Europe meeting with the G7 last weekend, Trump refused to endorse the Paris Climate Accord, saying he needed more time to decide.

With European leaders already dubious of Trump, a US decision to leave the pact could further alienate America’s allies in Europe and call into question US leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world’s most important issues.

Leaving the accord could also be one more step by Trump to erase the legacy of former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the agreement and recently praised it during a trip to Europe.

Should the US back out of the deal, it could have extensive implications for the pact itself.  The Paris Accord reli