Trump May Throw Paris Climate Deal Into The Trash Can

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It hasn’t happened yet, but Trump may scuttle the Paris Climate Agreement that was unilaterally signed by Barack Obama in 2016. Obama had no Congressional authorization or approval to sign the Paris Agreement, and he did so in China.  TN Editor

President Donald Trump has decided to take the US out of the Paris climate accord, Jonathan Swan of the news website Axios first reported Wednesday, citing two sources.

Politico and CNN are also reporting that Trump intends to pull out of the agreement, citing White House officials. A White House representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Whether Trump will stay in the deal — a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy — has been a looming question of his nascent presidency. On his recent trip abroad, Trump was pressured by European allies to stay a part of the accord.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would announce his decision “over the next few days.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, who has repeatedly called for the US to exit the agreement, is part of a small team figuring out the details of a withdrawal, according to Axios.

Trump has previously called climate change a “hoax” and said while campaigning that he would “cancel” the Paris deal if elected.

The Paris agreement, reached in December 2015, was a landmark moment in the environmental movement. It marked the first time that nearly every country, including all of the world’s biggest polluters, came together to limit carbon emissions. The pact was designed to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

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And while we were all busy looking elsewhere, the WTO passed a major trade treaty, under the collective noses of 164 nations.

James Corbett’s report on this 5/6/17: