By Serafin Gomez
A Senior Administration official confirms to me that senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will meet privately for coffee at the White House on Tuesday morning. Later in the day, principals involved in reviewing the climate change policy, including Ms. Trump, will convene at the White House at 130pm– this group of advisers also includes Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and others, who will primarily discuss and weigh whether the US should leave the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Ms. Trump, who has made climate change one of her signature issues, has been tapped by POTUS to head the review the 2015 agreement that was signed by former President Obama. The crux of the accord is for countries in the pact to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions on a country by country basis. The US, under Obama, was slated to lower carbon emissions by over 25 % by 2025. Pruitt, however,has been an outspoken proponent of the U.S. leaving the accord.
“It’s something we need to exit, in my opinion. It’s a bad deal for America. It was an America second, third, or fourth kind of approach,’ Pruitt said on Fox and Friends in April.
Representatives of the United States and other nations in the accord are congregating this week in Bonn, Germany for the United Nations climate change meetings. The inclusion of an American representative at this meeting has been seen by some climate policy experts as an indicator that President Trump is leaning towards staying in the accord, in large part bc of Ivanka Trump’s influence on the topic.
The timing of the meeting between Ms. Trump and EPA head Pruitt, comes at a crucial period when President Trump is deciding on whether the U.S. will leave or stay the Paris Climate Change Agreement.