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Trump pulls U.S. from Paris accord, suggests new deal

by Evan Wilt
Posted 6/01/17, 04:12 pm

President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, making good on his campaign promise to buck the agreement. Trump described the 195-country deal as a job killer that’s unfair to American taxpayers. “So we’re getting out—but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair,” Trump said. Starting today, the United States will no longer comply with the requirements of the pact and instead will begin new negotiations to reenter the accord on different conditions, Trump declared.

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The European Union and China plan to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord, even if U.S. President Donald Trump decides to pull out. “Climate change is not a fairy tale. It is a tough reality which affects peoples’ daily lives,” European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in a statement. The United States joined the accord in December 2015, along with 194 other countries—only Syria and Nicaragua declined to sign on.

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G-7 adjourns as Trump ponders climate deal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/27/17, 10:21 am

President Donald Trump tweeted at the end of the G-7 summit in Sicily today that he would decide next week whether to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The other six nations in the group of world powers said they planned to uphold the agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the climate change talks at the summit unsatisfactory, but said the allies had a reasonable discussion on trade practices.  The group has adjusted its stance on trade in response to a new approach from Trump, who has insisted trade must be fair as well as free.

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