Ship's Crew Argue Over Whether Or Not To Patch The Sinking Ship
A meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday with regard to the administration's perspective (or lack thereof) on the US future involvement in the Paris Agreement has been indefinitely postponed. While it has been stated by "The Hill" that the stated cause for postponement was due to involvement of certain of the attendees in a meeting in Milwaukee, it was reported by "POLITICO" that the reason for 'temporary' cancellation was due to a division within the ranks of administration officials regarding whether or not the US remain involved with the Paris Agreement, stating that postponement was to "bridge the administration's divide over whether the US should remain in the Paris climate change agreement". Surprisingly enough, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is in favor of remaining in the agreement, as is Jared Kushner; While (in reflection of similar recent divides among Trump's advisers) Steve Bannon and, of course, Scott Pruitt, are staunchly opposed (Scientific American). An aid told "The Hill" that the meeting would likely be rescheduled in "a couple of weeks", and, according to POLITICO, Trump should "issue a final verdict on the pact by late May". In a compromise between "not enough" action, and "no action at all", North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer has issued a letter requesting further involvement of the US in the pact, but with a considerably lesser commitment with regard to Carbon Emissions. The US position on the Paris agreement will be made official "at the end of May" with 7 leading economists.