Thursday, June 1, 2017

White House Informs Congress Trump Will Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

President Donald Trump

We knew this was coming.

The Trump administration has told members of Congress today that the president plans to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

From CNN:

In talking points delivered to Trump's allies, the White House characterized the Paris agreement as a job killer that placed undue burdens on American taxpayers.

"The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President's action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first," the talking points read. "The accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama administration and signed out of desperation. It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy."

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were calling lawmakers, including House and Senate leaders, in the hours leading up to the announcement to get input on his climate decision, a Republican source said.

In triggering the official withdrawal process, Trump will spark a lengthy process that won't conclude until November 2020 -- the same month he's up for reelection.
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