March 23, 2018

USA says withdrawing from Paris accord, unless terms change

17 September 2017, 01:22 | Taylor George

By Joshua S Hill

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The White House denied multiple reports that the us may stay in the Paris Climate Accord.

President Donald Trump in early June said the United States would exit the accord because other countries were, "gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

The climate official, Miguel Arias Canete, was meeting with ministers from some 30 countries in Montreal on Saturday to push forward on implementing the Paris deal without the U.S.

The White House quickly denied that it was changing its stance. It has also said it would consider participating in a new, renegotiated deal.

Canete said there would be a meeting on the sidelines of next week's UN General Assembly with American representatives "to assess what is the real United States position", but noted "it's a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past".

When Trump decided in June to withdraw the United States from the accord, Canada, China and the European Union immediately reaffirmed their respective commitments to the pact, which the Group of 20 declared "irreversible" the following month.

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"Not what we need", he said.

The Trump administration will not be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, according to reports on Saturday.

Any move to re-enter the deal, even under more favorable terms, could serve to infuriate Trump's base, coming after Trump caved to Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and pushed for Congress to enshrine the order he promised to revoke into law.

More details could emerge next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, AFP reported. The news was met with intense criticism, especially from American business leaders and several major cities (not to mention the Weather Channel).

Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in NY.

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