Trump likely to withdraw U.S. from Paris climate accord, senior official says

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Tuesday
Trump, EPA chief meet ahead of decision on climate change
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05 June, 2017

Musk said he will have "no choice" but to depart the councils if Trump makes the decision.

The upcoming decision is a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the USA economy and Trump's energy agenda, and a defeat for moderates like Trump's daughter Ivanka, who feared that withdrawing would damage US relations overseas.

The UN chief also said that he will work with UN Member States to mobilise national and worldwide resources for adaptation, resilience, and the implementation of national climate action plans, and called for new and strengthened partnerships, including with the private sector and through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

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.

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, sent a tweet in the literary style of the US president: "Trump puts his ego ahead of the future of our planet - sad!"

The governor, who came to describe the climate change as deceptive, and in the election campaign criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama (2009-2017) for worrying too much about greenhouse gas emissions, pledged to exclude his country from the agreement once in power.

Canada, the European Union, and China have said they will honour their commitments to the pact even if the United States withdraws. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout. But the targets were voluntary, meaning the USA and the almost 200 other nations in the agreement could alter their commitments.

Under the agreement, the USA had agreed to reduce the country's pollution emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons.

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As the world's second-biggest polluter after China, a move by the U.S.to scrap the accord involving nearly 200 nations would pour hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and speed up the warming trend already taking place.

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Trump is "denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and. threatening our national and global security". Axios news outlet, which first reported the withdrawal, says that this is now being managed by a team which includes Scott Pruitt - the leader of the EPA who believes climate change is not real, wants to replace scientists with industry reps, and thinks Carbon dioxide and global warming have nothing in common. Ivanka Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have urged the President to remain in the deal, and White House strategist Stephen Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been pushing for a withdrawal.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Trump at length about the issue during a meeting in Brussels, and even at the Vatican, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin made his own pro-Paris pitch to Trump and his advisers. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed.

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future". Aides have been deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

Spicer says Trump ultimately "wants a fair deal for the American people". An overwhelming majority of scientists the human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change.

"Canada is going to show leadership with China and the European Union and we certainly hope the USA will be joining us", McKenna told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

Trump thinks that the climate change was something invented by the Chinese to stop USA companies from making a lot of money.


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