President Barack Obama is rushing to Trump-proof the Paris climate pact, which calls for global carbon reduction, Politico
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, wants to cancel the agreement, "insisting the way to 'make America great again' is to resurrect the coal industry and drill our way to prosperity," the website says.
But Jonathan Pershing, President Obama's new climate envoy, says it's going to be tough to tamper with the agreement.
"We're all in. We're moving down this road," the website quotes Pershing, who adds he is now trying to lock in the U.S. side of the accord.
The agreement requires all nations to develop plans detailing how they would cut carbon emissions through at least 2025.
Now, the website reports, even Trump appears to be backing down just a bit.
Trump's hand-picked new energy czar, Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, "was notably noncommittal" when asked if the candidate would simply renege on the accord, Politico said.
"I think you might see him pivot away" from his hardline stance, Cramer told Politico.
And Pershing's predecessor Todd Stern, who helped negotiate the pact, wrote in the Washington Post
that Trump couldn't cancel the agreement even if he wanted to.
"Leaders of more than 190 nations endorsed the agreement," he said in the Post. "The United States has no power to cancel it. This isn't reality TV. You can't tell sovereign leaders around the world, "You're fired," and you can't tell them a multilateral agreement they just entered is canceled."
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