Elon Musk Exits Trump's Advisory Councils Over Paris Climate Decision

Ebony Scott
June 2, 2017

"President Trump has broken America's promise and put the United States government on the wrong side of history, spurning our partners in combating climate change and abandoning the world's most vulnerable communities", Bank said.

The Paris agreement is created to set the world on a path toward keeping the warming of the planet "well below" a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) rise above preindustrial temperatures, an amount of warming that scientists would consider "dangerous" climate change. "There is no sanction under the Paris agreement".

"Obviously, we are anxious, even though I want to say very clearly that Italy, and I think all of Europe, will push ahead even harder with the Paris agreement", Galletti said. "And it's contrary to. the vast majority of Americans calling for our country to do more".

A USA departure could have sweeping implications. Musk resigned from the council today following Trump's announcement on the Paris Agreement.

It was also consistent with his pledge during the USA presidential election campaign to withdraw from the global climate treaty.

"Ignoring reality and leaving the Paris Agreement could go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our nation's history, isolating the US further after Trump's shockingly bad European trip", Whitehouse said in a statement.

Washington state is also moving ahead with capping carbon emissions and requiring power plants and oil refineries to reduce emissions over time. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S.in the agreement. Aides were deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

How will this decision impact other countries?

Some representatives of other countries have suggested that the USA should leave the agreement if the current administration isn't serious about policies that combat climate change.

Elon Musk Exits Trump's Advisory Councils Over Paris Climate Decision

In a Berlin speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

"The Paris Agreement is not intended as a fig leaf". It is not a branding opportunity, nor is it intended as a platform for lobbying.

"This is an abdication of responsibility to address global climate change and is both physically unsafe and morally reprehensible", he wrote. "The U.S.no longer meets these admission criteria", Curtin wrote for a climate news site.

Word of Trump's expected decision comes a day after the president met with Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The United States is the world's second-largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030.

There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord. We avoided making hard targets - we are at the back of the pack.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday categorically ruled out any renegotiation of the Paris climate accord and said U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw would harm American interests and citizens. Even if the terms and benchmarks of the deal were nonbinding, they anxious some would try to legally demand the U.S.do more.

Republicans in favor of withdrawing see the move as one more way this new White House is freeing energy companies from potential federal and even worldwide regulations.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the pact.

Global leaders strongly encouraged the U.S.to stay in the agreement, but many big players also said in recent days that they will honor their own commitments even if the USA retreats.

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