Trump planning to pull USA out of Paris climate deal

Trump planning to pull USA out of Paris climate deal

During his first global tour as president, several European leaders urged him to commit to the agreement seeking, among other things, to keep the temperature rise below two degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels.

"Delay is the worst enemy for any climate target and can only be made worse by cutting research and energy technologies that would be crucial to get back on track again for target", they wrote in the journal Nature earlier this year.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States and Australia, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

Because the United States is the second-largest emitter, removing the country from Paris could also remove 21 per cent of the emissions reductions that would have been achieved by 2030, according to an analysis by the think tank Climate Interactive.

At a summit meeting of the G7 group of leading economies over the weekend, Mr Trump refused to join the other six leaders in pledging to implement the Paris accord and said he would announce the U.S. position this week.

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says President Donald Trump doesn't "comprehensively understand" the terms of the Paris climate accord. Tesla's Elon Musk threatened to quit White House advisory councils if the president pulls out.

Trump refused to endorse the accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday in Italy, saying he needed more time to decide.

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of USA participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a unsafe temperature threshold.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations. But it would also be seen as a loss for Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who reportedly back in February pushed the president to remove language critical of the Paris accord from an executive order related to environmental issues.

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Canadian government remains committed to the Paris Accord. "The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts, '" he said, recalling that global temperatures have been rising, year after year, and that that last year was the hottest on record.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has weighed in, arguing on Tuesday that the United States should not leave the Paris Agreement.

Word of Trump's expected decision came a day after the president met with Pruitt.

"Ultimately, he wants a fair deal for the American people and he will have an announcement coming on that shortly", Spicer said.

Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons. An overwhelming majority of scientists the human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change.

But Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world's climate change pact as a "refreshing" stance for the US that would save jobs and unburden industry. That option would provide a fast track and could be done in a year, but would deny the USA a future seat at the table, locking the country out of future climate talks.

Guterres said in that speech that "it would be very important for the US not to leave the Paris agreement".

The the second-largest emitter, contributing about 15 per cent, followed by the European Union, responsible for about 10 per cent.

But Trump, pushing a renewed commitment to fossil fuels, heavily criticized the agreement throughout the 2016 campaign.

US President Donald Trump is likely to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate change agreement which was a major foreign policy legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama, media reports said on Wednesday.

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