Democrats vent but can’t stop Trump from leaving Paris climate agreement

(From The USAToday)

Trump has said he will make a decision by the end of the week, and news reports Wednesday indicated he is moving toward withdrawal.

A Republican-controlled Congress couldn’t stop President Barack Obama in 2015 from signing on to the treaty designed to cut lower the risks of climate change by cutting emissions, and the Democrats can’t stop Trump from pulling America out of the landmark deal signed by more than 190 countries.

The deal is considered an executive agreement, and therefor not a traditional treaty requiring ratification by two-thirds of the Senate, because it doesn’t bind the country to certain outcomes such as specific reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It was a point highlighted by environmental activists two years ago when explaining why Obama could sign on to the accord without congressional consent.

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