Elon Musk Threatens to Quit Trump Advisory Council Over Paris Climate Deal

Posted June 02, 2017

WASHINGTON, June 1 President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce his decision on whether to keep the United States in a global pact to fight climate change, as a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.

New Mexico's two US senators - Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich - both supported the USA joining the Paris Agreement in 2015, and both senators said Tuesday that they would strongly oppose Trump's decision to withdraw from it. Climate change does not respond to tough negotiations; it is not interested in bilateral deals.

The White House has declined to comment on those reports, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying only that Trump would make it clear in the "next few days".

Polluting industries such as oil and coal are highly automated and are unlikely to embark on a major hiring spree even if the United States dropped out of the Paris agreement, experts say.

Multiple news outlets, citing unnamed sources, reported that the president plans to make good on a key campaign promise by removing the U.S. from the 2015 agreement aimed at limiting global warming.

Meanwhile British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was "anxious" at the prospect of a United States withdrawal but said he believed Mr Trump was "genuinely thinking about the issue".

For all the talk of sweeping changes, the Paris agreement sets goals that climate scientists believe are modest and easily achieveable.

So just how big is the US's climate footprint?

California has also previously said it would help pick up the slack for any backdowns by the US President on climate change. Eurostat, the record-keeping arm of the European Union, reported a preliminary bloc-wide estimate for carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels declined 0.4 percent compared with a year ago.

"Over the last two years we've broken the mean global temperatures records (every year) - 2014 was a new record, 2015 smashed that record and we beat that again in 2016", Simmonds said. The Paris deal has been ratified by 147 out of 197 countries so far.

Many big companies say they must make long-term investment decisions based on the assumption that most countries will stiffen environmental standards.

The US Conference of Mayors said in a statement that it strongly opposes leaving the climate deal, and called on the nation's mayors to uphold their pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The party that ignores the reality of climate change has enabled the current administration with its contempt for expertise, its leadership of agencies by opponents of those agencies' missions, and its general disregard of reality. For example, there are no sanctions if the United States breaks its promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.