US may back­flip on Paris pact

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THE Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has done a back­flip and will not pull out of the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord, a Euro­pean Union of­fi­cial has told The Wall Street Jour­nal.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­ergy, Miguel Arias Cañete, told the news­pa­per the United States would “not rene­go­ti­ate the Paris Ac­cord”, but in­stead would re­view its terms.

White House se­nior ad­viser Everett Eis­sen­stat un­veiled the new US po­si­tion at a meet­ing on Satur­day, the Jour­nal said. But the White House is­sued a sharp de­nial. “There has been no change in the United States po­si­tion on the Paris agree­ment,” Deputy Press Sec­re­tary Lind­say Wal­ters said.

“As the Pres­i­dent has made abun­dantly clear, the US is with­draw­ing un­less we can re-en­ter on terms that are more favourable to our coun­try.”

Whether or not the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion stays in the cli­mate ac­cord, the US is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce its am­bi­tion to curb green­house-gas emis­sions.

Mr Trump said the 2015 pact im­posed wildly un­fair en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards on Amer­i­can busi­nesses and work­ers.

“I was elected to rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens of Pitts­burgh, not Paris,” he said at the time.

Sev­eral US gov­er­nors and may­ors, in­clud­ing New York’s Bill de Bla­sio, an­nounced plans to meet the Paris stan­dards in their states and cities.

Mean­while, Hur­ri­cane Jose is ex­pected to hit New York to­mor­row as a trop­i­cal storm, bring­ing heavy rain and winds of up to 120kmph.

PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/AP

CLI­MATE CHANGE: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is re­ported to have changed his mind about pulling out of the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord.

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