White House cancels meeting to decide stance on climate pact

2017-04-18 22:59
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Washington - A White House meeting on Tuesday where President Donald Trump's aides were to hash out whether to keep their country as part of an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions has been postponed.

Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed the postponement on scheduling conflicts among some of the advisers who were expected to attend the meeting. She said the meeting will be rescheduled.

Bad deal

Officials had planned to discuss options, with the goal of providing a recommendation to Trump, according to an administration official.

The non-binding international agreement was forged in Paris in December 2015 and allowed rich and poor countries to set their own goals to reduce carbon dioxide. It went into effect last November after the US, China and other countries ratified it.

Trump's top advisers are divided on the issue. Some, including Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, are eager for the US to leave the deal.

"Paris is something that we need to really look at closely, because it's something we need to exit, in my opinion," Pruitt said in an interview last week.

 ''It's a bad deal for America. It was an America second, third or fourth kind of approach".

Gas emissions

Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to pull out of the Paris accord, but has wavered on the issue since he won the presidency.

He told the editorial board of The New York Times in an interview last year that he was "looking at it very closely.... I have an open mind to it. We're going to look very carefully".

Under the agreement, the US pledged to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 - 28% below 2005 levels, which would be a reduction of about 1.6 billion tons of annual emissions.

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