When President Trump was touring the globe last week, world leaders got an opportunity to try and convince him of the critical importance of staying true to the Paris Accord. However, the President remained non- committal and said that he would announce his final decision on the matter on Thursday, that is today. While the wait is on to see what he announces, it does appear as if he is going to go ahead with his campaign promise to pull out of the climate accord. Late on Wednesday, the President tweeted that he would announce his decision in the White House Rose garden at 3 pm Thursday.
The pulling out of U.S. will undermine the accord
If he does so, the move will substantially undermine the accord and the other countries are quite aware of the impact of such a decision. As readers will know, the Paris Accord is a climate change agreement that over 200 countries have signed to show their commitment to curbing global warming. The signs that President Trump is not in favor of continuing to be a part of the accord were clear during his international trip itself. As widely reported by world media, he refused to express support for efforts to deal with climate change when he was interacting with and speaking at the G7 summit.
U.S. will join Syria and Nicaragua as non- participant
If the President does announce that the country will pull out of the climate change accord, America will be in the company of Nicaragua and Syria, which are the only two others not part of the agreement. The Paris Climate Accord was finalized under the President- ship of Barack Obama. The Trump administration has not been unified about their stance on the issue. Scoot Pruitt, EPA Chief and adviser Stave Bannon have both made it clear that they are with the President if he wants to exit the accord. However, not all Republicans share these views. Trump himself has been under immense pressure both by world leaders and also by the Pope himself to remain committed to the global warming.
Given that Trump has quite candidly described climate change as a 'hoax' and said that global warming was a 'Chinese conspiracy' there is evidence to believe that he will exit the accord. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was among world leaders spoke to Trump about the accord has also said that her talks were 'unsatisfactory' further adding strength to the rumors that an exit is imminent.