On the eve of a historic United Nations climate change summit, President Donald Trump announced a new climate action plan that could end the threat of global warming and allow his administration to move forward with the first-ever “America First” policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
But while the new plan could signal a shift in direction for the administration, a major milestone was also set for U.S. energy policy.
Trump, a Republican who had long championed the Keystone XL pipeline, signed an executive order last week that would allow the administration to withdraw from the international agreement that sets greenhouse gas limits.
In doing so, he will likely allow the United State to exit the global carbon-cutting pact signed by the previous administration.
But the executive order is only the latest step by Trump, who in the past year has signaled a new, more aggressive approach to climate change and his administration has already pulled the United Kingdom out of the Paris Agreement.
The United States has long been at the forefront of climate action, and Trump has long promised to do everything he can to make the United Sates a world leader on the issue.
But while the climate is warming, he has taken some bold steps in his own country that have been criticized as climate-related.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump proposed withdrawing from the Paris agreement, citing a new study that found that the agreement was causing global warming.
The administration later retracted its position, saying that it was merely “making a case” that the Paris deal had caused more warming.
The withdrawal from the agreement came amid a period in which Trump’s administration had been taking a tougher stance on climate change.
In August, the president announced that the Environmental Protection Agency would no longer enforce a regulation to protect against dangerous levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
The administration also withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that was designed to reduce global greenhouse gas concentrations, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Trump and his advisers have also taken aim at other international agreements, like the Paris climate deal, which was developed by nearly 200 countries and was ratified by the United Nation.
While Trump’s decision to pull out of that agreement has been criticized by some scientists and environmentalists, the move could potentially benefit the United states in the long term.
The new plan that Trump signed last week is a step forward in that direction, but it’s still far from a world-wide climate treaty.
It will not fully address the challenges facing developing nations and the growing number of developing nations that rely on fossil fuels, which will likely still have an impact.
The White House said the executive action would “take advantage of existing mechanisms and opportunities to reduce carbon pollution in the United the States and internationally,” and the administration’s Climate Action Plan would focus on three goals: reducing energy use, reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases, and lowering the level of carbon pollution.
The executive order also said that the United U.N. would work with the United state and other nations to “take aggressive steps to implement the Paris Accord and other global agreements.”
Trump and other administration officials have also expressed skepticism about the importance of the United nation joining the Paris accord, which they have criticized as “a U.n.-run, U.s.-managed charade.”
In the same way that the president has taken steps to weaken the Paris treaty and other international environmental agreements, Trump has also weakened the United s climate goals.
The United States pledged in the Paris declaration to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
In 2017, Trump announced the UnitedStates would reduce its carbon emissions by 27 percent from 1990 levels by 2025.
While Trump has said he supports the Paris goal, the Uniteds commitment has been met with skepticism.
In a speech last month, Trump said the Paris accords were “a very, very bad deal” for the United country, and he pledged that “we are going to get rid of it.”
But on Monday, the White House confirmed that the new executive order will not significantly impact the Paris commitments, because the administration has not yet signed the agreement.
The Paris deal is a cornerstone of international climate change efforts, and its ratification was crucial for the Paris Protocol to be implemented.
The agreement’s goal is to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.