Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris accord earlier this year.
Over 100 countries and some non-governmental organizations have been invited to attend the summit.
“The United States have a bit of a special status for that summit,” a Macron official said, adding that the countries at the summit will be committed to the Paris climate deal.
He explained that the United States would still be invited to attend but not at the presidential level, so it seems Trump is not likely to be invited.
“I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said in June when he pulled out of the Paris agreement, clearly not understanding that the agreement doesn’t have anything to do with Paris other than it was negotiated and signed there.
“It is time to exit the Paris accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens and our country,” he said. “It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with many, many other locations within our great country, before Paris, France.”
Again, the deal does not actually benefit Paris in any way. Trump also assailed the deal as “unfair” despite the fact that the framework in the agreement is voluntary.
Trump said the deal imposed “draconian financial and economic burdens … on our country” even though the deal is non-binding and allows individual countries to determine their own targets and policies. There aren’t even any economic penalties for not meeting the targets.
Trump warned that the deal would result in “massive future legal liability. Believe me, we have massive legal liability if we stay in.”
“This is also 100 percent bullshit,” explains Vox’s David Roberts. “It refers to the theory that Paris participants cannot legally reduce their targets, opening the administration to lawsuits if it, say, rolls back the Clean Power Plan.”
“That theory is hogwash,” Roberts wrote. “No one buys it — not the negotiators in the room when the agreement was forged, not NGOs, not participating countries, no one. The only person who seems to be pushing the theory is Trump’s White House lawyer, Don McGahn. And he’s just doing it to manipulate Trump, which seems to have worked pretty well.”
Trump also claimed he wants to “renegotiate” the agreement, which too is not a real thing.
He said the US will “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers. So we’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.”
Except you can’t renegotiate a deal in which everything is non-binding and voluntary. The US is free to determine its own contribution because they’re literally called “nationally determined contributions.” If Trump did not like any of the aspects, he could just not implement them.
At the time, the United States was one of three nations not to be part of the accord. Since then, Nicaragua and Syria have signed on to the agreement. Nicaragua had stayed out because it did not believe the deal went far enough. Syria was in the middle of a civil war.
Now, the United States is on its own against the world in its climate change denial and inaction.