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ibusinesslines.com September 22, 2017


White House denies reports that U.S. changing stance on Paris climate pact

17 September 2017, 01:09 | Erica Roy

China has until 2030 to begin reducing emissions under the Paris Agreement

China has until 2030 to begin reducing emissions under the Paris Agreement

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".

Europe's top climate and energy official, Arias Cañete, told the Journal Trump administration officials stated the policy shift during a 30-nation, minister-level meeting in Montreal Saturday and that instead of withdrawing from the 2016 accord, the White House said it would reengage with the global pact aimed at combating climate change.

However, in response to the Journal report a White House official tells NBC News that there has been "no change" to the US' position on the Paris climate agreement, which President Trump had committed to pulling out of in June.

Trump announced in June that he was withdrawing the US from the agreement, which focuses on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions via voluntary targets. His decision fulfilled a campaign promise, but was met with widespread criticism both at home and overseas.

"95% of those "abandoning Trump" over the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] negotiations are FAKE, astroturfed [Soros robots] pretending to be disgruntled supporters", said Bill Mitchell, who provided no evidence to support his conspiracy theory, in a Tweet.


Trump promised to "cancel" the Paris Agreement during his presidential campaign, but his own White House was split on the issue.

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior administration officials now plan to "renegotiate".

He 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 USA position", but noted "it's a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past".

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said.



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