President Donald Trump is making good on his threat to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Two sources with direct knowledge of the president's decision said a small team of administration officials, including Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, are working out details of how the withdrawal will be accomplished, reported Axios.
Those officials are deciding whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal, which could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty -- which would be both quicker and more extreme.
Although the decision was expected, social media users swiftly recoiled in horror.
POTUS is an embarrassment, but he and Kushner are also a danger to our republic. There's not enough covfefe in the… https://t.co/pEu1JXbOLD— Teri Carter 🌲 (@Teri Carter 🌲)1496230667.0
He's severing important alliances and pulling out of the Paris Agreement, but please, everyone, keep obsessing abou… https://t.co/SZ72FNGIm5— Michael Evans (@Michael Evans)1496232122.0
#Covfefe = screwing the planet and future generations by pulling out of treaty to deal with climate change— Michael Mayo (@Michael Mayo)1496232371.0
Thank a fucking moron for this... https://t.co/amxQHyuvUY— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@Joshua Holland 🔥)1496232452.0
Trump is not a joke. He is a threat. The most menacing individual threat the planet faces by far. See it for what it is.— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1496231564.0
The only other countries to spurn the accord would be Syria and Nicaragua. https://t.co/xXACilAvGP— Greg Greene (@Greg Greene)1496231546.0