White House de­nies shift on cli­mate pact

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Nation&world -

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 re-en­ter on terms that are more fa­vor­able to our coun­try.”

The White House state­ment came af­ter Miguel Arias Canete, the Euro­pean Union’s top cli­mate of­fi­cial, said the administration had backed away from its an­nounce­ment in June that it was aban­don­ing the 2015 agree­ment.

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