Trump to make decision on Paris climate accord ‘over the next few days’
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump and the global climate agreement (all times local):
“A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet’s future.”
That’s what the top House Democrat is calling President Donald Trump’s expected decision to pull the U.S. from a historic climate agreement.
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Trump is “denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and … threatening our national and global security.”
She says in a statement that the landmark accord “honors our collective moral responsibility to leave future generations with a planet that is clean, healthy and sustainable.”
Pelosi says most Americans – regardless of political affiliation – want clear, decisive action to arrest the effects of climate change.
She’s criticizing what she says are “destructive and short-sighted” decisions by the Trump administration.
Some Scandanavian countries are criticizing the U.S. for its expected withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila says climate change won’t be reversed “by closing your eyes.” He calls the expected withdrawal “a big setback.”
In Denmark, climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that “if true, this is a really, really bad signal from the United States.” A Danish lawmaker from a small, center green party says, “”it resembles a crime against humanity and future generations.”
And Sweden’s Climate Minister Isabella Lovin says “it would be deeply regrettable” if the United States decides to pull out of a landmark global climate agreement, adding “it is also contrary to what we expect from the U.S. leadership when humanity faces major challenges.”
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.
The U.N.’s main Twitter page quotes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying: “Climate change is undeniable. Climate change is unstoppable. Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.”
Climate change is undeniable
Climate action is unstoppable
— United Nations (@UN) May 31, 2017
That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.
Guterres said in that speech that “it would be very important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement.”
President Donald Trump says he’ll announce his decision on the Paris climate accord “over the next few days.”
That’s what Trump says in a tweet, and he adds: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
A White House official says Trump’s expected to withdraw the United States from the landmark agreement. But the official says there may be “caveats in the language” that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal – and that could leave open the possibility that the decision isn’t final.
The official has insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.
Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he’d withdraw the US from the deal.
A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
But the official says there may be “caveats in the language” that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal – leaving open the possibility that the decision isn’t final.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.
Nearly 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.
During Trump’s overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S. in the landmark agreement.
Trump promised during his presidential campaign to pull the U.S. out of the deal.
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