Will the U.S. stay or will it go? That’s an ongoing debate inside the White House when it comes to the Paris Climate Agreement. And the lobbying efforts aren’t over.
CGTN’s Jessica Stone reports.
President Trump is relishing the role of decider-in-chief. Under increasing pressure from the international community to stay in the Paris Climate deal, Trump isn’t revealing his direction, at least not publicly.
Despite multiple U.S. media reports that he’s already made up his mind to withdraw, Trump tweeted that he will announce his decision “over the next few days.”
His public signals, though, have not been positive. During his recent foreign travels, Trump refused to commit to supporting the deal. One senior administration official told CGTN ahead of the trip, that the president thinks the deal is bad for America.
Global businesses are still trying to lobby the first businessman U.S. president.
Tesla founder Elon Musk, a key White House adviser, tweeted: “I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS… that we remain.”
And 25 major multi-national companies will run a full-page ad in major U.S. newspapers Thursday: an open letter to Trump, telling him U.S. competitiveness and job creation depends on staying in the accord.
“We have approximately 800,000 clean energy jobs in U.S. today,” Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America said. “To my understanding we have about 65000 jobs in coal mining industry. Coal mining is not coming back, but we’re going to continue to expand with respect to wind energy, solar energy and bio-fuels.”
The president is also reportedly being lobbied to stay in the accord by his daughter and son-in-law, both White House advisers.
But Trump, who campaigned to bring back jobs by cutting climate regulations, also has to consider the pledges he believes won him the White House.
Under the terms of the Paris climate deal, no country can even start the process to withdraw until the end of 2019, though the U.S. could pull out of the underlying U.N. framework – which would extricate Washington in about a year. Either way, it would send a chilling signal to the globe that the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter doesn’t want to tackle the effects of climate change.