Trump Expected To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

Trump Expected To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

Trump Expected To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

The president has pledged to reverse decades of decline in coal mining, which now accounts for fewer than 75,000 U.S.jobs.

Trump refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday saying he needed more time to decide.

China has led worldwide calls to keep up the fight against global warming, hours before USA president Donald Trump announces whether he will pull out of the Paris climate accord. China generates about 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, compared to about 13 percent in the U.S.

The EU and China have reportedly signed an agreement to counteract any action by the USA that might undermine the Paris agreement.

While not mentioning the U.S.by name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying tells reporters climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

U.S. Rep Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who has been a vocal proponent of dealing with climate change, said in a statement that a withdrawal would have "the potential to irreparably harm our earth, dramatically hinder our economic growth and fundamentally change our way of life". He has said the deal is "unfair" to the US, objecting in particular to the requirement that wealthy nations help developing countries build renewable energy sources.

As NPR's Christopher Joyce recently reported, emissions in the US have declined by about 12 percent since 2005. China is the top emitter of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and the United States is second.

In 2015, it released 5.1 million kilotons of carbon dioxide, more than all 28 European Union countries combined, and makes up nearly a sixth of all global emissions.

In March, he signed an executive order to roll back Obama-era policies regulating carbon emissions.

"Climate change is not a fairy tale. It is of crucial importance that all parties stick to the Paris Agreement". All other 194 countries in the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change have signed on, and 146 have ratified the agreement.

Trump Expected To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

Carbon dioxide stays in the air for 100 years and about one-fifth of what's accumulated in the atmosphere over the last century came from the United States, more than any other country. "No one should be left behind, but the European Union and China have made a decision to move forward", reiterated European Union climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete. Several big coal companies, including Cloud Peak Energy, had publicly urged Trump to stay in the deal as a way to help protect the industry's mining interests overseas, though others asked Trump to exit the accord to help ease regulatory pressures on domestic miners.

But some scientists have pointed out even with the agreement in place, halting global warming at two degrees might be unattainable.

He said it would take at least three to four years for any country to leave the agreement.

Pelosi added that she believes withdrawing from the pact will have economical ramifications for the US: "Rejecting the pact also sends a strong message to the marketplace to direct innovative, entrepreneurial investments in the clean energy economy elsewhere".

Trump is to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who believes the US should stay in so it can keep its place at the worldwide bargaining table.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the U.S.to reduce unsafe emissions even if Trump pulls out.

South Florida Democrats in Congress blasted the possible withdrawal Wednesday, with Nelson calling it a "huge mistake".

"A US climate retreat will no doubt leave a big hole on the global climate regime". If the US does leave, he said, the Europe Union should seek ways to balance out the economic advantage that USA companies might have from the absence of climate regulations.

However, not all experts agree it will be disastrous for efforts to reach global climate goals. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.

"Trump really isn't as relevant as he wants to be". Those moves make it unlikely the US will meet its Paris commitment.

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