White House says Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris climate agreement

Posted June 02, 2017

President Donald Trump intends to make good on his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision said Wednesday, a move that promises to deepen a rift with USA allies.

"President Trump has an opportunity to relieve our nation of the unfair and economically devastating requirements of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations climate treaty he pledged to rip up during the campaign", Cruz wrote in an Op-Ed for CNN. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

US President Donald Trump is expected to pull America out of the Paris climate change agreement today, and politicians from around the world are unlikely to react well.

Trump is to make the announcement from the Rose Garden Thursday afternoon.

Before being sworn into office, Trump told The New York Times in a November interview that he was looking at the climate accord "very closely" and that he has "an open mind to it".

"Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case", Musk tweeted Wednesday in response to a question from a follower.

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The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 by 195 countries, agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which experts say are the "most significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th, century". Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the US government not to abandon global measures against climate change.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the landmark agreement.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations. He made good on his promise in his budget proposal released earlier this year, seeking to eliminate a program created by the Obama administration called the Global Climate Change Initiative.

Participants are seen in silhouette as they look at a screen showing a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, on December 8, 2015.

The UNFCCC has almost universal membership and provides the underlying framework for global cooperation to combat climate change. "And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it".

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The EU official involved in organizing the EU-China meeting said it would will "send important signals for the multinational system", as Trump moves to unpick some of the global trade agreements the USA has signed up to. Such an assertion stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

Amid the concerns, Germany and China vowed on Thursday to continue fighting climate change and expand their partnership. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said his office is withholding a statement until the President issues an official decision.A U.S. withdrawal would come over the objections of scores of big United States corporations - from Wal-Mart to Exxon Mobil - anxious the move will complicate the business landscape instead of bolstering the economy.

"More than two dozen climate scientists told The Associated Press that quitting the Paris Deal would cause the Earth to" reach more risky levels of warming even sooner" because America contributes so heavily to climate change.

Since taking office, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines.

Leaders in Europe and China also blasted Trump's potential action Wednesday, claiming that it would take years for the United States to formally withdraw from the accord.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out for the climate accord. Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas.

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"We are going to be discussing trade", Mr Trump, sitting alongside Mr Phuc in the White House, said. He ended his tweet with: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"