President Trump Pulling the US Out of the Paris Climate Accord
President Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to 2 sources with direct knowledge of the decision.
Details on how the withdrawal will be executed are being worked out by a Team including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
They are deciding on whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal, which could take 3 years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, which would be faster but more extreme.
Why this matters: Pulling out of Paris is the biggest thing President Trump can do to unravel Mr. Hussein Obama’s climate legacy. It sends a combative signal to the rest of the world that America does not prioritize climate change and threatens to unravel the ambition of the entire deal.
The other outliers: The other 2 countries that aren’t supporting the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.
How it happened: A letter from 22 Republican Senators including Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that called for a clean exit had reinforced President Trump’s instincts to withdraw, and the President had been telling confidants over the past week that he was going to pull out.