Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday during an appearance on Fox and Friendsthat the United States should exit the Paris climate agreement because the accord only serves the interests of Europe, China and India. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, but sources cautioned that the timing and number of attendees is still in flux. The other advisers have yet to take an official stance.

It is far from clear how the Trump administration could actually "exit" the Paris agreement, assuming that the Pruitt line wins and the administration determines that it wants to.

Corporate America's support of the Paris agreement on global warming should convince President Donald Trump to follow through with his promise to withdraw from the accords, say former top transition team officials.

Trump may also choose to stay in the agreement and reduce the emissions commitment.

A State Department official offered: "As with many issues, the administration is reviewing the United States' global climate change policies". An EPA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"While amending the U.S. pledge on Carbon dioxide emissions to undo the economic harm it would have imposed, remain in the Paris Agreement and use USA influence to ensure that fossil energy remains a driver of global prosperity for the foreseeable future while addressing climate concerns", Cloud Peak CEO Colin Marshall wrote in a letter recently sent to Trump. President Trump's recent executive orders have targeted a wide array of Obama policies including regulation of carbon emissions and coal leasing on federal lands. The International Renewable Energy Agency predicted that investments in renewable power and efficiency created to help meet Paris targets will boost the world economy by $19 trillion.

Politico reported Friday that the meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at the White House. Lower-level White House aides have been discussing the issue behind the scenes for weeks, with several trying to build a case for remaining in the agreement.

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.

USA -based corporations have lobbied the Trump administration to stay party to the agreement, which they see as good for business. Some coal companies and Republicans believe Obama's Paris pledge can be substituted with subsidies emissions control technology. "If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfil Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job".

The meeting comes before a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy nations in late May, the deadline for the White House to take a position.

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