President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at preventing states from blocking the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement reached by nearly 200 countries in December 2016 to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
The White House says Trump will sign the order “in consultation with his Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials.”
It does not say what the order will look like.
Trump has threatened to withdraw from the deal, arguing that it does not go far enough to protect the American people from the effects of climate change.
He has also threatened to withhold federal funding from countries that don’t fully meet the deal’s emissions goals.
Trump will be joined by several Republican senators who have voiced opposition to the deal.
Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator from Kentucky scores big in Iowa Senate primary Rand PaulAthletes seize onto moment to rally support for Kavanaugh Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go to Congress to address Hurricane Harvey MORE (R-Ky.) has said he would vote against the agreement, while Sen. Mike Lee Michael (Mike) Shumway LeeHow the Trump tax law passed: The final stretch GOP senator wants to hold off on Kavanaugh vote for now in Kavanaugh’s trial MORE (Utah) and Sen. Jerry Moran Gerald (Jerry) MoranGoogle says it will keep the NSA’s $15 billion tax on news tech companies from coming to light The Hill’s Morning Report — Senate Judiciary panel to vote on Kavanaugh Judge: EPA’s chief is ‘not fit’ for high court MORE (Kan.) are expected to join Trump in voting against the deal on the Senate floor.
Trump is scheduled to hold his first Cabinet meeting Thursday afternoon at the White House, and the President has vowed to roll out his climate agenda in coming days.
On Thursday, the EPA and the White Houses announced a plan to boost investment in clean energy and renewable energy, and to create new clean energy jobs by 2030.