President Donald Trump is back from his tour abroad, which included meeting with the G-7 representatives from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. He returned having made little progress on the subject of climate change.
The G-7 released a joint statement Saturday (May 27) where it stated that the United States is in “the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement.” The Trump administration has been unclear since entering the White House whether it will continue in the Paris Agreement, the first successful global effort that brought 195 parties together to pledge reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.
Trump did tweet, however, on May 27 that he will make his decision this week:
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
News site Axios reported May 28 that the president plans to leave the international climate agreement, according to three anonymous sources. In addition, as Colorlines has reported on in the past, reaching the goal is next to impossible with the rollback of environmental policy under Trump even if the U.S. were to stay in it.
Former President Barack Obama pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.