Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

US climate advisors to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris agreement

"You might've read in the media that there was much discussion about USA energy policy and the fact that we're undergoing a review of many of those policies", Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in Texas on Thursday, according to prepared remarks.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a prominent critic of the deal, promising to "cancel" it, and this week he refused to sign a statement endorsing the agreement.

A State Department official offered: "As with many issues, the administration is reviewing the United States' global climate change policies".

Kushner is one of the main proponents of the pact, along with Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp.

"There's no way to square this circle", said McKenna, who supports a full-fledged exit from the Paris agreement.

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USA -based corporations have lobbied the Trump administration to stay party to the agreement, which they see as good for business. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and coal producer Cloud Peak Energy are among those asking for that outcome.

Trump's efforts to roll back other environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan and auto-emissions standards, are "window dressing" if the administration maintains its promises under the Paris agreement, McKenna said in a phone interview on Monday.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in March that Trump would make a final decision on the deal by the May 26 Group of Seven conference in Italy.

It is far from clear how the Trump administration could actually "exit" the Paris agreement, assuming that the Pruitt line wins and the administration determines that it wants to.

Pyle says plans to stay in Paris are based on a major misconception about the United Nations deal.

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The Obama administration agreed to reduce United States emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below its 2005 levels by the year 2025. They're expected to decide before a G-7 summit in late May. "We're going to look very carefully".

The marketplace may essentially nullify the Paris climate agreement and render it completely pointless, but the Trump administration is still weighing their options.

The President's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner - both top White House advisers, are also reportedly in favor of the climate accord.

Critics of the deal also warn that the USA commitment could extend from Paris to the courtroom, seized by environmentalists as evidence the EPA is bound to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

"If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfill Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job", Heritage fellow Stephen Moore and research associate Timothy Doescher wrote in a recent op-ed. Some coal companies and Republicans believe Obama's Paris pledge can be substituted with subsidies emissions control technology.

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