Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump to pull U.S. out of Paris climate accord: Axios

If he does, he will place Washington at odds with virtually the entire global community.

Several US news outlets incuding Politico and Axios cited unnamed White House officials for reports that Trump was planning to pull out of the deal.

"China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord. Many analysts also point to how clean energy is fueling job growth: There are already twice as many solar jobs as there are coal jobs in the United States. Trump seems inclined toward the Bannon and Pruitt position, which has some - though not unanimous - support from the Republican Party.

World leaders celebrate the adoption of the climate agreement in Paris 2015.

The Paris Agreement was in part brokered by Obama and was seen as a major breakthrough after the previous accord, the Kyoto protocol, failed to include the USA and China, the world's two biggest polluters. There are no penalties for falling short of declared targets.

If the United States withdraws from the accord, it would find itself in farcically lonely company.

It was signed by 196 countries that set themselves goals to minimize carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 - so this means the USA would have to stay with it until November 2019. Numerous officials in President Bashar al-Assad's regime are the subject of global sanctions that limit their movement, and the ongoing, devastating war in the country means the Syrian government isn't paying much attention to limiting its emissions.

Trump poised to pull out of Paris climate deal: US media
Under the agreement, every country submitted a plan to lower greenhouse emissions and agreed to meet regularly and share progress. The ad ran earlier this month but has been renewed because of the news of Trump's thinking on the Paris deal, reports Politico .

The US ranks as the world's second-largest carbon polluter, and initial estimates by universities and think tanks suggest its withdrawal would add up to 3 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, raising the global temperature by 0.1C to 0.3C by the end of the century.

If the report is accurate, America will join Syria and Nicaragua, the only two countries that have declared that they do not support the agreement.

"The EU and China consider the Paris Agreement as an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development", the draft joint statement said.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Mr Trump announced it. "This is a craven, symbolic political move without any direct benefits for the constituents he's targeting".

Axios reported that the White House would either withdraw through a formal process of leaving the agreement or by canceling the United Nations climate treaty on which the Paris deal is based.

The European Union and China, meanwhile, will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of whether the USA pulls out of the pact, a senior EU official said. "Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany", Trump said in a two-tweet statement after meeting with Merkel for the first time in March.

"The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the US pulls out".

"He's pulling out. It's official", said Stephen Moore, an economist who worked for Trump's campaign and participated in an administration conference call.

While Guterres did not mention Trump or his administration in his speech, but later responding to a question from the audience, he said the United Nations believes "it would be important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement" and even if Trump withdraws, "it's very important for the USA society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged" with the agreement.

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