White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a man who looks like he lives in a boxcar, does not like the Paris Climate Agreement and he may be the major influence behind the decision to the United States out.
Bannon has urged President Trump to keep his campaign promise and leave the agreement and it looks as though he is going to get his way. CNN and other news agencies are reporting today that Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, according to two senior U.S. officials.
This will also be good news for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is an advocate for withdrawal as well.
Not everyone in the White House is in agreement. Top Aide Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry have Trump advised against leaving the deal.
On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to cancel the Agreement and cut off payments to U.N. global warming programs and use the money to rebuild America’s infrastructure.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the leaders of the other G7 nations had urged Trump to remain a part of the agreement. According to Trump Aide, he was listening at the G7 Summit to the other leaders’ arguments about Paris with an open mind.
As of May 7, 2017, 195 parties have signed the climate change agreement, including the United States, signing the Agreement in 2015. Former President Barack Obama called it our best chance to save the planet.
By signing the Agreement, a country is obligated to “refrain from acts that would defeat its object and purpose.” After ratification, the country has indicated its “intent to be legally bound to the terms of the treaty.”
“The Paris Agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis,” said Obama. “It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way.”
For now, Americans and people around the world will wait for a definitive answer from Trump. He has tweeted out to expect a formal announcement withdrawal this week.