White House: No change in United States position on Paris accord


The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Saturday that his position hasn't changed.

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The statement came after a European diplomat told reporters that a Trump administration envoy appeared to signal a softening stance during a meeting of climate ministers in Montreal, Canada.

Donald Trump moved to pull America from its commitments under the Paris Climate Accord earlier this year, saying the effort to blunt the effect of climate change by reducing emissions would hobble the United States economy.

'The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States, ' Trump claimed on June 1.

"I really think it's very hard to differentiate statements that are now coming out of the United States, whether they are going to have follow-through, whether they are serious, whether it's a comment, whether it's an impression", she said.

The summit in Montreal was attended by more than half the Group of 20 members as well as some of the nations most vulnerable to climate change - from the low-lying Marshall Islands and Maldives to impoverished Mali and Ethiopia. Other countries asserted their commitments to fighting global warming. "We want to be helpful". "Of course he's open to any discussions that will help us improve the environment, that would help us ensure energy security, and will advance our prosperity".

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Almost 200 countries agreed in Paris in December 2015 to curb carbon dioxide emissions with the aim of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to 1.5°C by 2050, compared to pre-industrial levels.

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"The plan is for Director Cohn to consider other ways in which we can work with partners in the Paris Climate Accord", Tillerson added, referring to the chief of the National Economic Council.

The decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders. Calculations suggest withdrawal could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

An global official familiar with the meeting told POLITICO earlier Saturday that Eissenstat, the No. 2 official on the National Economic Council, told diplomats during a closed-door meeting that the USA was mulling plans to remain in the Paris deal and to rethink Obama's climate pledge.