The agreement called on countries to reduce their heat-trapping carbon emissions to help keep global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Crucially, it urged all countries – not just richer developed nations – to join the effort, and it included provisions for nations to track the progress of other countries and hold each other accountable.
President Trump is happy with pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Trump Tosses the Paris Accord, but We'll Always Have Pittsburgh That's how President Trump described his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, couching it as a raw deal that caused others to "start laughing at us as a country." And, he declared, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." Never mind that the mayor of Pittsburgh joined a 50-city coalition, including L.A. and New York, that pledged to adhere to the Paris agreement's guidelines.
A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its opposition to the landmark Paris climate accord and may not completely withdraw after all. If true, this would mark another reversal of one of President Trump's key campaign promises, one of the most controversial. But the White House quickly sought to rebut the report, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. "There has been no change in the United States' position on the Paris agreement," said Lindsay Walters, a presidential spokeswoman. "As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can reenter on terms that are more favorable to our country."
President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, after speaking in the Rose Garden about the US role in the Paris climate change accord. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, after speaking in the Rose Garden about the US role in the Paris climate change accord. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, center left, arrive for a round table meeting at an EU-China summit in Brussels, on Friday, June 2, 2017.