White House Postpones Meeting to Decide on Participation in Paris Climate Pact

Posted May 19, 2017

Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming. Please keep the U.S.in the Paris Climate Agreement.

"We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House", Yates said, "in part because the Vice President was unknowingly making false statements to the public".

"We must stay in Paris, we must pass on a healthy economy and a healthy environment to our children", Lubber said. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. The White House did not immediately respond to questions late Monday on whether that meeting would continue.

Widely hailed as the last chance to stave off worst-case-scenario global warming, the Paris Agreement was savaged by a campaigning Trump, who called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China. In April, a group of multinational companies including Apple, DuPont, BP and Shell sent a letter "expressing our support for continued participation by the United States in the Paris climate change agreement".

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A new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found almost 70 per cent of people in the U.S. support remaining a signatory of the Paris Agreement.

The European Union has been scrambling to persuade Trump, who wants to bolster the U.S. coal industry, to stick with the accord.

It is expected to draw much attention and concern in view of the American reluctance to take climate actions as per the promises made by the then Obama administration in the run up to the Paris deal in 2015.

Main advisors to President Trump and cabinet officers were due to meet on Tuesday to decide whether Trump should keep his campaign promise to pull the USA out of the Paris agreement.

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The United States, alongside more than 100 other countries, signed onto the accord under former President Barack Obama that aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions in member countries.

On Monday, 200 global investors managing more than $15 trillion (13.7 trillion euros) in assets, urged the G7-rich country group, which includes the USA, to "stand by their commitments to the Paris Agreement".

The US State department told news agencies that the reason for the small team was because the US was still working out its climate priorities.

But many delegates say the accord is vague enough to let nations scale back ambitions if needed, perhaps because of future economic recessions or natural disasters.

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