Euro­pean of­fi­cial sug­gests Trump may stay in Paris cli­mate agree­ment

White House says no change in stance

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National - By Tracy Wilkin­son

Tri­bune Wash­ing­ton Bureau

WASH­ING­TON –– A Euro­pean of­fi­cial said Satur­day that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has soft­ened its stance on the Paris cli­mate agree­ment and may not com­pletely with­draw from it after all.

But the White House quickly re­but­ted the re­port.

“There has been no change in the United States’ po­si­tion on the Paris agree­ment,” said Lind­say Walters, a White House spokes­woman. “As the pres­i­dent has made abun­dantly clear, the United States is with­draw­ing un­less we can reen­ter on terms that are more fa­vor­able to our coun­try.”

At a min­is­te­rial sum­mit in Mon­treal, where the United States was an ob­server, the Euro­pean Union’s top cli­mate of­fi­cial said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had backed away from its an­nounce­ment in June that it was abandoning the 2015 agree­ment.

The U.S. “stated that they will not rene­go­ti­ate the Paris ac­cord, but they try to re­view the terms on which they could be en­gaged un­der this agree­ment,” Miguel Arias Canete said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how far that state­ment would go. Mr. Trump, when an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to with­draw, was adamant about the U.S. ig­nor­ing goals on lim­it­ing green­house-gas emis­sions and other el­e­ments be­lieved to con­trib­ute to global warm­ing.

At the time, it was seen as an­other ab­ro­ga­tion of the United States’ pre-em­i­nent role as a global leader.

But Mr. Trump ar­gued that the deal was bad for U.S. busi­nesses and that it made Wash­ing­ton foot too much of the cost.

Global warm­ing is an is­sue with re­newed po­lit­i­cal cur­rency after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey left epic floods in Hous­ton and the Gulf Coast, and Hur­ri­cane Irma dev­as­tated parts of the Caribbean and left mil­lions in Florida with­out power. Sci­en­tists say warmer wa­ters may have in­ten­si­fied the force of the storms.

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