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White House Paris climate deal meeting postponed: WH official

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Former President Barack Obama was a keen supporter of the Paris climate pact. Reuters photo.

Paris climate accord would see US reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels

According to a White House official on Tuesday, the meeting involving President Donald Trump and some advisers about the possible withdraw of the US from the Paris climate deal has been postponed.

Reuters reports Trump was to meet with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and EPA head Scott Pruitt, but the meeting was cancelled because “some of the principals are traveling today,” the White House official said.

The meeting is to be rescheduled, but no date has been set.

President Barack Obama committed to the Paris climate deal in 2015 which aims to limit planetary warming by cutting CO2 and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.  In the deal, the United States agreed to cut its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.

During the presidential election campaign, candidate Trump vowed he would cancel the deal, but since his election win in November, he has not spoken much about the Paris pact.  Both Perry and Pruitt have been skeptical of climate change.

The Trump White House has committed to taking a position on the agreement before the G7 summit in Italy at the end of May.




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