As some of you may have heard, 45 just returned from his first big foreign trip as president. While 45 tweeted on Saturday that he will make his final decision on the Paris Accord this week, insiders reported that he has already determined the U.S. will back out of the Paris climate deal.
WHAT IS THE PARIS ACCORD?
In 2016, 143 countries ratified the Paris Agreement, which was/is still seen as an unprecedented and global response to climate change. This Agreement is broader than any previous climate accord, and all signatories formally committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to slow the pace of climate change.
Hundreds of corporations gave the Agreement their stamp of approval, including oil majors Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. (n.b. Exxon was previously led by Sec. State Rex Tillerson). Insiders say 45's decision to potentially leave the Agreement puts him at odds with the 142 other countries involved.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
First of all, this impacts U.S. relations with allies, such as Germany. Following the G7 meeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters “The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory... Here we have the situation that six members... stand against one.” (read more from the Washington Post). Germany is still one of America's biggest allies, although a rift is growing.
Second, backing out of the Paris Agreement is the biggest thing 45 and his administration could do to unravel Obama's climate policies. It also sends a stark and combative signal to the rest of the world that working with other nations on climate change isn't a priority to the administration. Read more about the impacts of 45's action on this from Axios.
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