EU Climate Commissioner: US Changing Its Tune on Paris Deal

Casey Dawson
September 19, 2017

However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders took to Twitter to deny these claims, saying that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords unless it was given terms favourable to Americans.

White House officials have sent mixed messages on whether America remains in a global climate agreement, with a top USA diplomat suggesting the country could re-engage with the Paris pact.

All of this comes from an environmental summit in Montreal, where a European Union official said that the USA was willing soften its stance and review the terms of the Paris agreement.

According to The Hill, the White House has denied the reports that it is reconsidering withdrawing from the Paris climate deal.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democatic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Trump his decision to withdraw from the climate accord is a sticking point for bipartisanship.

Two of Trump's top administration officials reiterated Sunday that the President meant to withdraw the USA from the agreement unless it negotiated changes to the deal.

Mr Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, is expected to echo Mr Eissenstat's more pragmatic tone at a breakfast in NY on Monday ahead of the start of the UN General Assembly, an official at the Montreal summit was cited as saying by the Wall Street Journal. "So, are you saying if you can re-negotiate better terms before 2020, the US will not withdraw?"

"We want to be productive, we want to be helpful".

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Because of the way the Paris agreement was designed, it will take years for the USA to fully exit it.

The agreement came into force last November.

The United States produces the world's second-highest level of greenhouse gas emissions, next to China.

Trump promised to "cancel" the Paris Agreement during his presidential campaign, but his own White House was split on the issue. "But in a world of post-truth it's very hard to know where things are landing, but I think it has been made clear over the weekend that the United States will continue its intent to exit the Paris agreement".

"If there's an agreement that benefits the American people", McMaster replied, "certainly".

Trump is considered a climate change skeptic, and has sharply questioned the impact of environmental policy on American business.

The agreement seeks a global response to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

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