Trump officials to deliberate on Paris climate pact

  • Trump officials to deliberate on Paris climate pact

Trump officials to deliberate on Paris climate pact

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator announced the change this week.

Ebell, on the other hand, believes Trump should stick to his campaign pledge to "cancel" the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and went into effect past year.

A White House official said Trump's aides would "discuss the options, with the goal of providing a recommendation to the president about the path forward".

The Trump administration is changing course from the policies of his predecessor in a number of stark ways, perhaps most drastically when it comes to climate change.

Administration officials who want to stick with the Paris deal have been arguing behind the scenes that the agreement is not legally binding and will not hobble Pruitt's effort to undo Obama's climate rules.

Trump and his administration are working to repeal almost all of Obama's climate agenda, including the Clean Power Plan, which represented the bulk of the policies to reach the goal.

Chief Strategist Steve Bannon oppose staying in the Paris agreement while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Ivanka Trump and advisers Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn support it.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He told "Fox & Friends" Thursday that the pact is "something we need to exit in my opinion and "a bad deal for America", in part because nations like India and China are subject to what he sees as weaker standards".

In the Fox News interview, conducted on the same day the US dropped a hugely expensive bomb on Afghanistan, Pruitt reiterated Republican talking points about how the federal government, including the EPA, "has become way too big". The aides have also argued that remaining in the pact will give the US leverage to win greater support for technology that will reduce emissions from the use of coal and other fossil fuels. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and coal producer Cloud Peak Energy are among those asking for that outcome.

The accord, agreed upon by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, would limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Since the emissions cuts are not binding, Obama never submitted it for Senate ratification as a treaty, something that would have been almost certain to fail.