President Donald Trump, having already backtracked on several campaign pledges considered important to his populist-conservative base, sparked worry Tuesday he may decline to withdraw from an Obama-era climate change agreement.
On the campaign trail the president promised to pull out of the Paris Accord of 2015, the international climate agreement former President Barack Obama touted as a signature legacy item.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that staying in the agreement “would break one of [Trump’s] signature campaign promises.”
“Staying in the legally non-binding accord would be an abject betrayal to his supporters,” said Thomas Richard of Climate Change Dispatch, in an email to LifeZette.
Richard noted that the accord is the kind of abusive agreement Trump used to bash as a “bad deal.”
“China and India do not have to reduce emissions until 2030, and only if they decide it’s in their best interests,” said Richard. “They also aren’t required to add money to the U.N.’s green climate fund. As Scott Pruitt said, the accord is a bad deal for the U.S. that will cost trillions each year to avert warming by 0.1 degrees by 2100.”
As recently as last week Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was advocating a U.S. exit from the bargain.
“Paris is something that we need to really look at closely,” Pruitt told Fox News. “It’s something we need to exit in my opinion.”
Conservative groups who oppose the accord include the Heritage Foundation, that helped Trump organize his transition, and Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots conservative organization.
But Trump is under pressure from moderate advisers to reconsider ahead of a late May meeting of the G7. Trump would be expected to take grief from France and Canada were he to pull out of the Paris Accord.