Politico covers the Paris Climate Agreement.
While President Donald Trump is keeping everyone in suspense, a White House official said Wednesday morning that Trump will formally withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.
Exiting the deal would make the United States one of the few countries on Earth to altogether dismiss the threat of climate change, and risks complicating already fraught relationships with European allies and rising powers like China and India. POLITICO walks through some of the questions and answers that led to Trump’s decision.
Who supports this decision?
Pruitt was perhaps the most vocal member of Trump’s administration in favor of withdrawing from the agreement, arguing behind the scenes that sticking with the deal would complicate his efforts to unwind Obama’s climate change regulations at EPA. A group of Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming, echoed that argument last week in an influential letter to Trump, saying that the accord could provide ammunition for environmentalists to use in lawsuits challenging Trump’s energy agenda.
Other supporters of leaving the deal included White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, a handful of smaller energy companies, and conservative groups such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute and American Energy Alliance. And 56 percent of Republicans wanted Trump to exit the deal, according to a poll last month from POLITICO and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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