EPA head Scott Pruitt calls for exit from Paris climate agreement

Posted April 18, 2017

President Donald Trump's key advisers remain divided on the issue of climate change as they prepare to discuss whether the United States should remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. "It's possible to provide the energy the world needs while also addressing the climate challenge".

Ivanka Trump reportedly favors the country meeting its Paris climate agreement obligations.

President Donald Trump's top advisers are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss whether the US should remain in the agreement, Politico reported.

The Paris Agreement is within the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with greenhouse gasses emissions reduction, adaptation, and finance starting in 2020.

White House officials, led by the National Economic Council, have recently been asking publicly-traded energy companies for advice on whether to stay in the agreement.

At the White House Tuesday senior administration officials, including Pruitt, Tillerson, Kushner and Bannon, will be going over the pros and cons of staying in Paris.

Trump has already moved to dismantle a raft of Obama-era climate policies that would help the USA satisfy the commitment it made with more than 190 other nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

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"It's a bad deal for America", he continued.

Chevron Corp. Chief Executive Officer John Watson said in a Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy podcast that more needs to be known about how the Paris accord will translate into policy under Trump.

But with the Paris accord, China said that, compared to 2005 levels, it would seek to cut its carbon emissions by 60 to 65 percent per unit of GDP by 2030.

The White House is expected to announce their decision on the Paris deal at the G-7 meeting in Italy at the end of May.

They added, "We can't help wondering if the thousands of university professors, environmental activists, climatologists and government bureaucrats would be so enthusiastic if it were their jobs that were going to be eliminated".

Environmental Defense Fund Senior Attorney Alex Hanafi said he was less certain it's impossible for the U.S.to reduce its commitments, but either pulling out of the deal or weakening the U.S.'s commitments would provoke a negative global reaction. Any diplomatic blowback from global allies would be short-lived, argues Chris Horner, a senior legal fellow with the Energy and Environment Legal Institute.

Likewise, Tom Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, say corporations want to turn Paris into an agreement they can profit from. It was the first global agreement under which the almost 200 countries who negotiated it pledged to flight climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions. That approach has won the endorsement of several major coal companies.