Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement


"China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030", Pruitt said on "Fox & Friends".

The Trump administration has previously said it is currently reviewing its position on climate change and energy policy and remains noncommittal, for now, on whether it will follow through on the president's campaign pledge to "cancel" the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

"Big corporations and Wall Street did not elect President Trump and are out of touch with the economic realities that face people who work in resource and energy-intensive industries", said Myron Ebell, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's director of energy and climate policy who headed Trump's transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"It is looking like we may see them announce that they're going to stay in Paris and also announce simultaneously that they're going to revise the USA target under Paris to 2025", Andrew Light, a senior fellow in the global climate program at the World Resources Institute, noted in an interview earlier this week.

And the agreement requires China and India to cut a higher percentage of their emissions than the U.S. Defenders of the EPA rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants have not invoked the Paris agreement in their legal arguments to defend it.

While the Trump administration has backed away from the global leadership on climate change that President Obama pursued, other countries have embraced that role.

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Politico reported Friday that the meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at the White House.

Bannon and Pruitt are the main forces who are opposing the Paris pact and pushing for Trump to pull out.

"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.

The Obama administration joined the accords previous year without Senate approval, committing the cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

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

Trump may also choose to stay in the agreement and reduce the emissions commitment. They're expected to decide before a G-7 summit in late May.