Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

"The U.S. traditionally has been an absolute leader on the climate agenda, certainly in the last eight years, and if they do pull out we'll have to see what other countries are prepared to step up on a leadership position on this", he said.

Almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, other G7 leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressed him to keep the U.S.in the pact.

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. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days". Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Trump had vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president as part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries. Top White House aides have been divided.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

According to the Associated Press's findings, calculations show that up to 3 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide could be in the air within a year - enough to melt Arctic ice faster, raise sea levels, and trigger more severe weather.

Juncker said: "If the USA president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the president met with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday as he mulls a decision on the climate agreement.

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As a result of Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear that it would be impossible to honour the Obama Administration's Paris pledge.

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said of a US pullout: "It would be disappointing but I really do not think this would change the course of mankind".

According to the agreement, a party that has fully joined the accord, as the United States has, can not formally withdraw for three years after the date of joining - and that is then capped by an extra year-long waiting period.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.

Though his stance on climate change is widely known, withdrawing from the deal is expected to have significant repercussions.

The back-and-forth in the Trump Administration over whether to stay part of the Paris agreement has triggered an outpouring of opinion and lobbying, perhaps most of all from corporate America, which has strongly supported the accord.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Another option, said University of California, Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather, would be for Trump to withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the treaty on which the Paris accord was based, which would take only a year.

The Agreement called on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

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