President Donald Trump has told multiple people that he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Axios reported May 28.
After deliberating for months on whether to exit the accord, the Trump administration still has not announced a decision. But Axios said Trump told several people, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he intends to leave the agreement.
The international climate pact requires the U.S. to cut economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. Trump vowed during his campaign to cancel U.S. obligations under the deal, saying the agreement was detrimental to national economic interests and would hurt domestic energy producers and manufacturers. But members of Trump's cabinet, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have backed staying in the agreement to give the U.S. more of a role in global climate negotiations.
Trump declined to endorse the Paris Agreement at the recent G7 Summit in Italy, raising speculation that he will pull the U.S. out of the climate pact. The president tweeted that he will make a final decision on the Paris climate accord this week.
If Trump decides to remain in the deal, he likely will try to renegotiate U.S. commitments under the accord. The Trump administration has directed the EPA to review and possibly eliminate the agency's Clean Power Plan, a federal regulation that would sharply reduce U.S. power sector carbon emissions. Without that rule in place, the U.S. could have a much harder time satisfying its Paris obligations.