President Trump‘s likely decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been condemned by environmentalists, who view the deal as critical to the health and survival of our planet, and praised by some conservatives, who viewed President Obama’s entry into the pact as an overreach of authority.
An official who spoke to ABC News about Trump’s likely decision cautioned that nothing is final until the president announces it, and that the White House is now working out a way to roll out and explain the reasons behind his decision.
The December 2015 deal has as of this month been signed by all 197 countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) except two: Syria and Nicaragua. Of the 195 that have signed, 147 have ratified the accord.
Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., wrote on twitter that the likely decision would hurt America’s standing in the world.
Pulling out of #ParisAgreement is a massive moral, economic & leadership failure for Trump admin. Loss of business, jobs, & intl standing.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 31, 2017
“Pulling out of #ParisAgreement is a massive moral, economic & leadership failure for Trump admin. Loss of business, jobs, & intl standing,” Markey wrote.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement condemning the potential move, one which she said favors big energy over the environment and allows other countries to take the lead.
“President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord is a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet’s future,” Pelosi wrote. “In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy…