President Trump Announces Withdrawl from Paris Accord

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord Thursday afternoon, a major step that fulfills his campaign promises while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming.

The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto. Foreign leaders, business executives, and Trump’s own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.

In triggering the official withdrawal procedures, Trump will spark a lengthy process that won’t conclude until November 2020 — the same month he’s up for re-election, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next presidential contest.

The White House began informing members of Congress Thursday afternoon that Trump planned to pull out of the US from the landmark agreement, according to a congressional source.

Trump speak around 3:30 p.m. ET in the White House Rose Garden.

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.

The President campaigned against the climate agreement last year as a candidate, and those close to him said he was insistent upon fulfilling his promises, despite urging from some members of his own administration to remain in the agreement.

A person familiar with Trump’s thinking said the President was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking him out of it.

Opponents of the move say it threatens to isolate the United States in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet and leave an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.

The uncertainty over Trump’s decision has lent the Paris announcement a reality show-like air, with Thursday’s unveiling a finale to a months-long debate that has split members of the President’s inner circle and led to deep consternation from global allies.

Trump, a former reality star himself, advertised the announcement in a tweet late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he told reporters he was “hearing from a lot of people both ways.”

Trump had several options for withdrawal, ultimately choosing a step that bridged a divide between remaining in the accord and a drastic, immediate withdrawal from the entire United Nations climate change treaty.

As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of US leadership. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, said he would resign from White House business councils if Trump followed through. Apple CEO Tim Cook also urged Trump to reconsider.

Inside the West Wing, attempts to sway Trump’s thinking also continued apace. Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, has worked to ensure her father heard pro-Paris voices over the last several months and has continued to press for a decision short of a full withdrawal.

Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the US commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord.

But anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, appeared to win out. In conversations with his advisers, Trump has cited the withdrawal would affect the states where he won by the largest margins, including in the Rust Belt and the western plains.

That’s a reflection of Trump’s “America First” governing policy, which he’s sought to bolster since taking office. Trump was pressured heavily by his foreign counterparts during last week’s G7 meetings in Sicily to remain in the deal, but his advisers say he felt little obligation to concede to that point of view.

On Wednesday, global figures began reiterating their own commitment to the Paris deal as Trump prepared to withdraw. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, visiting Germany, said his country would remain committed to combating climate change, despite US moves.

And European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared Europe was ready to act as a global climate leader in the US absence.

“The vacuum that would be created has to be filled, and Europe has aspirations for a natural leadership in this whole process,” he said in Berlin.


  • Tommttotime

    The Liberal hollywood fruit cakes make a movie like the day after tomorrow and the weak minded liberals get scared and hold onto there rainbow sprinkled cup cakes so sad!

  • Ralphm

    Global warming is caused by the heat coming off the genitals of all these sex roamers in Schuylkill County. Be alert when traveling through, they are very horny.

    • nsfan1989

      I think I know the cause of this problem in this declining region, a low supply of pretty little hometown girls, and a high demand from the jogging pants wearing 40 somethings.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    “The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate at Bergen Norway
    Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
    Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
    Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the Gulf Stream still very warm.
    Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.
    Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelt which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
    Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.”

    As reported by the AP and published in the Washington Post – November 2, 1922.

    • Givemeabreak

      Funny how you use a statement from the Commerce Dept in Norway. The Commerce Department in Norway doesn’t discredit what 99% of scientists agree on. You might as well post an article on what the oil industry thinks about climate change.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        The statement was included in the article, FROM 1922. None of that has happened yet, and possibly never will. Do try to keep up.

    • Givemeabreak

      I also find it interesting how you 2 post on here daily but criticize others for not having jobs. You Trumpers are a confused tribe.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        I’m retired with a good pension because I worked all my life. Desperate little insect, aren’t you.

      • Givemeabreak

        So let me get this straight. You are this old retired white man sitting at his computer everyday commenting on this website going to change the world. That is just sad. Pathetic.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        No, from my former employer PLUS the 1/3 of the wages I paid into SS for all of my working life. You are one desperate insect, aren’t you.


      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        Don’t worry – your throne is safe. I’ll just have to settle with 2nd place.

    • The Donald "Quotes"

      “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
      – Tweeted by Donald J. Trump, 2012

      “I did not. I did not. I do not say that.”
      – Stated by Donald J. Trump, 2016

  • Feed Me More

    i take it from all these posts a lot of people failed their science classes and dont follow science now as an adult. its okay to get an education, as long as its not from a fake news source like fox news, which has been proven to lie about what they put on air by fact checkers. science doesnt lie folks. wake up. its not about party or who you think is better at running a country or about yourself, its about the future of all living life on this planet. WAKE UP! READ A BOOK! READ SCIENTIFIC MAGAZINES! LISTEN TO SCIENTIFIC PODCASTS! anything other than trump

    • American worker

      Sooo is are three trillion for building some kind of machine or is it just so they can talk about it ?

    • Givemeabreak

      Nobody wants to hear it because then they would have to do something about it. I have taken steps in my life to try to due my part when it comes to climate change and so does everyone else. It starts with individual responsibility. We don’t by any drinks in plastic bottles anymore. We planted 15 trees this year on my property. We have drastically cut down on our read meat. We have just tried to be less wasteful and be more careful with what we do. We don’t drive gas guzzling vehicles. All the little things add up. It is impossible to cut it all out with the way our society is set up but at least we each can try to limit what we do.

  • American worker

    Their are over 7.5 Billion people on the planet and GROWING…This is what we have to stop !
    No ” Paris climate accord ” will stop climate change.
    Good job Trump !

  • AAORD11

    The Democrats have been pushing this “climate change” agenda for years, mainly because they are in bed with the renewable lobbyists, not because they give a crap about our children. They are the most hypocritical group. Nothing is ever settled science and there are a thousand more pressing issues than climate change. That was Obama’s baby and now he is gone. Kudos to Trump for keeping his promise. The world always looks to us to carry the brunt of everything. It is time they do some heavy lifting.

  • les

    If C02 is so bad for the earth, then we all should commit suicide. After-all, every time we exhale we dispense C02 from our lungs.

    • El Ma

      Les, if you knew your science, you would realize how absurd that statement is. There is a balance within nature that effectively processes CO2 as fuel and generates O2 as “exhaust.” What has happened to present is that there is a flood of human beings on this planet that do far more than simply exhale CO2. This is a fact that has absolutely nothing to do with political party lines, whatsoever. It is an indisputable fact.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Isn’t it interesting that some folks believe that insulting people has the power of persuasion? This is sort of like going into an auto dealer and having them call you stupid because you haven’t bought their car yet. For those of you on the left who practice this technique, please keep doing what you’re doing. For those on the right that do it, please re-think this approach. Oh, and for those in the media who think that censoring is a great way to persuade folks, consider how many cars a dealer would sell if they allowed you to look at them in the showroom – from outside through the windows, but never opened the doors. Thank you.

    • Givemeabreak

      Trump has insulted anyone that doesn’t agree with him. Lying Ted, Meghan Kelly, Jebra Bush. You people are ridiculous. Where are the real conservatives?

  • Longgreysocks

    Does anyone think trumps climate policy will affect the Long sock modeling industry in Frackville Pa??

    • Velcro shoes and tight jogging pants

      Frackville’s long sock modeling industry will NEVER die. It’s getting more popular by the day. But they should really do something about all the soiled bvds that are hanging on the powerlines from the pedo street roamers. That’s a really weird way to mark your territory.

  • Dave

    Fact for all you uneducated Trumpards… By using Nat Gas to fire our power Plants it would have complied with the emissions.. Something we have a lot of in Pa… Jobs Jobs Jobs and the landowners would have made out.They intern would by new tractors and support their local Agway and their economies. Here is the Irony..These are the same people on here screaming every democrat is on welfare. I guess 53% of us are then.When the actual number is a lot less than 1% and those people don’t vote. You are being unreasonable over hate and shooting yourself in the foot. One can only hope you see this and vote for what matters to you and not you’re hate of others.

  • Jimbo

    Barron will be inheriting a lot of undersea property. Funny, if his rejection of scientific evidence didn’t affect so many innocent people.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Not one ‘prediction’ that’s been made since well before the first Earth Day has ever come true. Not one.

  • truck driver

    The liberal hate never ceases to amaze. Let’s bankrupt our children’s future on the global warming religion so some self-absorbed Lib can feel good about themselves

  • Alrighty Then

    you anonymous mask wearing “libby’s” can always donate your welfare and access funds to the cause instead of demanding the working people to pay for it.
    it’s only 75 BILLION a year those grubby countries want the U.S tax-payer to fork over.

  • lookback

    Hey folks, come on now, be real, no facts, logic or common sense please, those things are beyond the thinking ability of trump supporters. Treat them as you would if you saw someone playing with dog excrement with their fingers, don’t try to tell them it is wrong, they won’t believe it, just shake your head, walk away and have just a little pity for them, let them wallow in their own pile, they do seem to love it.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Good!! Nothing but a bunch of Henny Penny liberals!!

    Finally a president with common sense!

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        It’s not that I don’t care about anyone else, it’s that I just don’t care about you. Or your hipster glasses. Or your man purse. Or your skinny jeans. Or your stupid beard.

        Simple actually.

      • Givemeabreak

        Actually I am a gun toting, red blooded Amurican that lives in the country, works and pays taxes. I am neither black or Mexican and I could possibly be your neighbor. It looks like you are just another Republican’t who stereotypes and makes assumptions because you have become so close minded over the years and you think you know everything and how everyone else should live.

      • Givemeabreak

        I was just raised by better parents. I was taught that the world is bigger than myself and my own selfish needs. To be tolerant of other cultures and races, to not judge a book by its cover. Sorry your parents didn’t teach you that.

    • Word of God vs. Trump

      “Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the Earth is not round. It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.”

      – Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the Vatican

      • B

        Good quote, but how much research does the Vatican do when the disagree with a large part of the known science of the world. Your quote is even more insignificant due to the fact that the Vatican was the one who sentenced Galileo to death for his belief that the world was round.

    • Jay

      Inaccurate and oversimplified. It is correct that That there was near zero warming between 1998 and 2012. But over the last 4 years the average earth SURFACE temperature has been rising again. But rather than isolate a convenient 15 year window that fits an agenda, why not look at all the data existing since 1880? The data that shows an overall steady rise in surface temperature.

      And SURFACE is a key word here. It’s generally understood that the 15 year pause in rising temperatures that you referenced coincided with a periodic earth phenomena called Pacific Decadal Oscillation. It’s essentially a reversal of the Pacific Ocean current. And in conjunction with this reversal, scientists have found that over the same 15 years that the earth’s surface temperature stagnated (’99-’12), the average DEEP OCEAN temperature (> 1/2 mile depth) rose at an alaming rate. Given that the ocean is the world’s largest heat sink, responsible for about 90% of the annual absorption of greenhouse gases, there is nothing pretty about that picture.

      • poonus

        Jay- climate scientists have been caught at least three times in email (climate gate 1,2 and 3) pushing fake data to get funding…and anyone who doesn’t believe them is denied funding for research…fake news? like feed me more- you going to blame the Russians next? …whatever. no one is buying a carbon tax to heat their home. sorry. besides this so called treaty should take about 2 mins to get out of …since it was never ratified by congress -much like most things Obama just jammed through to see if he could. why would any one believe CNN or these guys now? why believe fox news?
        why is this even news since it was never ratified by congress?

      • Jay

        Poonos, I would have been more than happy to respond but your post is just too disjointed and incoherent, sorry pal.

  • Givemeabreak

    Just because everything is OK in your backyard doesn’t mean that changes are taking place all over the world due to climate change. The great barrier reef is 90% bleached. Over half the fish population has died off in the oceans since the 70’s. We can’t eat fish that often because of the mercury content. California has been in a severe drought for years and people’s wells are drying up because big Ag is using their water for products that get exported. A part of the ice shelf the size of Deleware is ready to fall into the ocean. We have set record temps across the world for several consecutive years. You are more likely to have asthma if you live in a major city.
    Don’t worry nothing to see here. At least we will have jobs in the coal mines like Trump promised.

    • Kat

      Ok, how about this: Hawaii has already proven that sunscreen is bleaching the coral and is prohibited it’s use at Beaches, (only one proven poison) fish are not dying off but are victims of the Gill netters, and the rest is just what the Earth has always done since the beginning of time. Makes as much sense as what you said!

      • Givemeabreak

        Sunscreen didn’t bleach 90% of the Great Barrier Reef you douche. It is caused by carbon monoxide that makes the ocean more acidic. It can also be caused by sea tempature rise. Also a result from carbon monoxide. According to your logic humans haven’t affected this planet at all. I guess God turned the Susquehanna orange. Your a discusting human being.

      • Givemeabreak

        “Just what the Earth has done since the beginning of time.” Typical answer for someone who doesn’t understand or bother to educate themselves with facts. It’s called science. The same science that brought you your TV, fridge, the computer you are using to post right now. Back to whatever I believe works and we will just discount the facts.

      • B

        The Susquehanna is orange from Boreholes left over from the coal mining of previous generations and the acidity that comes with it is from the iron oxide reacting with oxygen not carbon dioxide. Maybe you should go back to school for a bit, gen. chem. might help and some grammar courses couldn’t hurt from reading a few of your posts.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        No, the Susquehanna WAS orange because of the Knox Mine Disaster in 1959 and backwash from that gaping hole has finally slowed down to a trickle. The blame for that lies squarely on the shoulders of the greedy mine owners that dug too close to the river. If you ever noticed, from Tunkhannock on up the river was as it always was, and orange on down from Pittston.

    • Kat

      Hey gimme: you go with your facts I’ll go with mine. I never said people don’t pollute, they do. But clearly you’re of the same mindset as the rest of the liberal leftist cronies. If anyone disagrees with you, you blow a gasket. At least I don’t resort to personal name calling. Take a Xanax already!

      • Givemeabreak

        Funny how you guys can call everyone else names even Trump but when someone else does it you need a tissue. Hippocrates.

      • Kat

        I’m for less government interference// influence in my life. I’ll vote for whomever I feel would fulfill that even if it means crossing party lines. Best of luck to you gimme.

      • Feed Me More

        there cant be two facts, there are only one, the other is false, and science proves that trump is an ignorant POS that should be impeached and put in prison for the way he treats people and this planet. im hoping that my kids, and their kids, and so on have a place to live on this planet with air to breath. facts are leaving the paris agreement not only hurts the planet, but also our social standing with the world. people already think we are morons and as long as trumps president its only going to get worse

      • Givemeabreak

        It’s called spell check there Covfefe. I bet you were defending Trump when he did it but then attack someone else for it. Typical Trumper.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        Oh, no. You mean you have to use spellcheck? Ever hear of ‘proofreading’? Surely, someone as highly educated as yourself must know about that.

    • lookback

      No coal mine jobs either, that was before the election and trump conned them for their votes by saying he dug coal, now that he got their votes he recently said, coal doesn’t matter anymore, just like those that voted for him.

      • McCracken

        Didn’t Trump just tout a big LNG deal, with China? That’s right; he did. China is shifting away from coal, like other developed countries. Coal is a 19th century fuel source; even Trump knows that.

    • donna

      The drought is over,the reservoirs are over flowing. California is a medeterian climate some years drought and some years lots of rain. Look it up.————————————————————————

  • Givemeabreak

    As long as we get ours screw our kids and their kids. Hopefully our grandchildren aren’t wearing masks like they do in China where there is less regulation on pollution.

    • Kat

      But hey! China’s all yippee Skippy now about stopping the pollution! When they get around to it!

  • WarningFakeNews

    Making America Great Again. The whole man-made global warming thing is a hoax perpetrated so as to redistribute wealth, nothing more.

    • Givemeabreak

      Nice fake news comment. The actual fact is that 99% of scientists agree that climate change is real. What a world we live in that everything is based off of beliefs and not facts anymore.

      • WarningFakeNews

        99? Maybe 99% of a group hand picked to answer a survey, but that number is as phony as everything else the “redistribution of wealth in the name of global warming” crowd comes up with. It’s so far off as to be laughable. Man made global warming is a huge hoax, but it’s cool that the left thinks they’re going to win with that issue, about all the work that remains now is to begin locking the violent lefties up and hosing the place down a bit.

  • Jeff Woehrle

    Excellent news!
    This UN travesty has less to do with environment than it does with distribution of wealth.
    Great job, President Trump!

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