Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump 'to ditch Paris climate deal'

Trump 'to ditch Paris climate deal'

Climate change is unstoppable.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump's decision "a stunning abdication of American leadership", saying in a statement that pulling out of the pact will result in "a grave threat to our planet's future".

"The moment when Trump announces the Paris pull-out will mark the divorce of [the] U.S".

Trump had several potential options.

Mr Guterres said "So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming".

They said withdrawal would undermine United States credibility and its position as a global leader, empowering nations like China to drive the climate agenda and set worldwide standards while also reaping economic benefits from a growing clean energy sector.

A White House official said earlier in the day that Trump was planning to pull out of the Paris deal, although a final decision hadn't been made.

"I found him very respectful and he seemed to listen to my views and whilst one never knows (because he speaks to many people) how effective you are, I did feel at the time there was a recognition that I had something useful to say". China is the top emitter of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and the United States is second.

Mr. Trump has also discussed with senior White House staff attempting to renegotiate the Paris Climate protocols on reducing greenhouse gas emissions - with an eye to making them less onerous to US industry.

Despite multiple USA media reports that he's already made up his mind to withdraw, Trump tweeted that he will announce his decision "over the next few days".

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More than 190 countries agreed to the accord in 2015 in Paris.

Trump met Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favored remaining in the agreement.

Seemingly taking a page from his reality-show playbook, Trump turned his decision into a series of Twitter cliffhangers before saying that he would make his landmark announcement Thursday.

Meanwhile, the European Union and China will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris accord this week regardless of whether Trump pulls out of the pact, a senior EU official said Wednesday.

USA businesses including Exxon Mobil and even a coal company are urging Trump to stay in the accord because there are billions of dollars at stake in clean energy investment.

"In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy agenda, and threatening our national and global security", she said.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, favors staying in, the official said, and she has sought to ensure her father heard all sides in the debate. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in.

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 USA coal mines. At a meeting of the G7 in Sicily last week, only Trump refused to reaffirm their nations' continuing support for the Paris deal, which was signed by almost 200 countries.

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