President Trump, in a sharp reversal of Obama administration policy, is expected to announce the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement despite an appeal by European leaders to stick with the global treaty that would limit the emission of greenhouse gases.
The U.S. -based website Axios, citing senior White House officials with direct knowledge of Trump's decision, was the first to report that Trump chose to pull out of the deal and that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will handle the details. It's a break in foreign policy with almost every other nation on earth, and spells out a disturbing future for climate change efforts in the US.
After the meetings concluded, the U.S. refused to sign onto a statement of support for the Paris accord that all other G7 participants approved. Juncker's comments came the same day a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the climate pact.
Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to withdraw the USA from the pact immediately after taking office, but had wavered on the issue since winning the election.
Michael Brune says future generations will look with "stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality".
Sen. Mike Lee, who advocated for a full withdrawal from the climate agreement, said that binding the U.S.to an worldwide agreement was a bad idea because other countries will not uphold their end of the agreement.
The officials cautioned the plans could change until Trump makes his decision public.
News of President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the United States from a global climate deal has led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations.
"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".
Since taking office on January 20, however, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, on climate change but also on the wider issue of the United States' role in the world and their relation to multilateralism. The only other two countries that do not support the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.
Trump has also been bombarded with voices urging him to stay in the deal from outside the White House.
The Paris climate agreement was established during a 2015 conference in the French capital. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", according to The Associated Press. He then tweeted that he would make an announcement this week.
But there may be "caveats in the language" that Mr. Trump uses to announce the withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final, according to the official, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement. He clearly doesn't understand what climate change is in the first place, and considers it a hoax.
Almost 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.
Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the landmark agreement. We are one of the two largest carbon emitters, with China.