Trump administration reversal on Paris climate agreement

WSJ: Trump Administration Won’t Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal

Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

The shift from President Donald Trump’s decision in June to renegotiate the landmark accord or craft a new deal came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers led by Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal.

“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said.

Each country already had flexibility over how the dealt with their commitments under the agreement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat unveiled the U.S. plan, according to an official at Saturday’s gathering, as Ottawa, Beijing and Brussels accelerate their joint effort to minimize the fallout from a potential U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

All eyes on Twitter to see what Trump thinks?

16 Comments

  1. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  September 17, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal appears to have its facts wrong on this story.

    Check the update on this Climate Science blog
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/09/16/ah-crap-trump-administration-wont-withdraw-from-paris-climate-deal/

  2. David

     /  September 17, 2017

    “according to the European Union’s top energy official.”

    Clearly been smoking far too much of a certain renewable resource.

    • artcroft

       /  September 17, 2017

      I’d believe the EU official before Trump.

      • David

         /  September 17, 2017

        Trusting either of them makes you a chump.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 17, 2017

          I’d trust EU officials
          Before I’d trust D Trump;

          Trusting either of them
          Makes you seem a chump.

          There. I’ve made it into a pair of rhyming couplets.

  3. sorethumb

     /  September 17, 2017

    I don’t think trumps got into power over climate issues . According to Breitbart it was his stand on immigration: “I will build a wall” v’s “inclusive” – open borders..

    • David

       /  September 17, 2017

      “I don’t think trumps got into power over climate issues”

      The Paris agreement would impact the US economy to the tune of $2tn within ten years and increase energy costs by 20% in real terms, to no measurable impact on climate. It’s not a climate issue.

      Traditional energy employ’s 1.1 million Americans, renewable’s employ 880,000 and produces a very small fraction of US energy.

      • sorethumb

         /  September 17, 2017

        I don’t disagree with you yet I still say humans are affecting the climate

  4. chrism56

     /  September 17, 2017

    If the American’s aren’t seeking to re-enter, which it seems they aren’t:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/96927344/white-house-denies-softening-of-us-climate-stance
    Does that mean the MSM are guilty of fake news?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 17, 2017

      No, it means that the Trumpers can’t make their bloody minds up.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 17, 2017

    I hear that the Trump wall is being built by the Emperor’s Wall-building Company.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 17, 2017

      Oh, for heaven’s sake, people, develop a sense of humour, do.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 17, 2017

        But I suspect that there are a few who would downtick anything I said. I won the $30,000,000 and want to take everyone on a cruise. Please send Pete your real names and addresses.

        Downtick, downtick, downtick, downtick.

        • Maggy Wassilieff

           /  September 17, 2017

          Dear Kitty Catkin,

          Cut out the middleman

          You don’t need to bother Pete with collecting names and addresses.

          All my bags are packed,
          I’m ready to go….

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 18, 2017

            Alas. I didn’t win the $.30,000,000….this time….