Trump: “I am the president of Pittsburgh not Paris.” Pulls out of climate accord for now

President Trump wants a better deal and so for now he will walk away from the Paris Accord

WASHINGTON — Today President Donald Trump on a sunny day in the Rose Garden, announced that the U. S. will withdraw from the Paris global climate accord. President Trump came through with another win for his supporters.

He wants to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord for now because President Trump cited many ways that he feels the deal works against the United States. He cited a number of parts of the accord that would be job killers for the many industries in this country.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Trump said in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

President Trump said that he was willing to talk with Democrats and members of the Paris Accord to craft a deal that all sides can live with it long term.

The deal is a non binding agreement so there is no legal or Congressional restrictions that need to be followed. President Trump has the power to pull out of the deal on his own.

During the campaign then candidate Trump made it clear in a number of key battle-ground states that he felt that the agreement does not help the environment. Meanwhile, President Trump did leave the door open to revisit the Paris Accord as long as he can broker a new deal later down the line.

Under the new Paris Accord, the U.S. committed to reduce the country’s pollution emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 — about 1.6 billion tons. Countries are permitted under the treaty to change their goals and there is no punishment for missing targets.

As of today the United States vacating the Paris pact will isolate the U.S. from most of international allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in nearly 200 nations.

Last week when President Trump, he was being persuaded to stay in the Paris deal by all of the key European leaders as well as the Pope, who is a major advocate of climate change.

But this was something that presidential adviser Steve Bannon, was the key figure in selling President Trump on the idea that the climate did not need to be addressed by the way the Paris was crafted. Meanwhile, according to multiple sources the presidents daughter Ivamka Trump, along with her husband and West Wing adviser Jared Kushner, were for the Paris Accord.

This is a case of President Trump keeping a campaign promise over business concerns. According to the Associated Press, corporate leaders from around the United States have appealed to Trump the businessman to stay in the Paris pact. They include Apple, Google and Walmart. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

Some information used in this story came from the Associated Press. 

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