Trump to announce decision on Paris climate agreement soon

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

On Wednesday, news media reported that senior White House officials said Trump is preparing to abandon the deal.

Trump says he's "hearing from a lot of people both ways".

A US decision to withdraw from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues.

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"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.

"Whoever becomes the next United Kingdom prime minister, they must now step up on climate action and show that our "special relationship" with the U.S. can not extend to supporting a nation that would so flippantly jeopardise the climate for future generations", he said. "Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement will be a massive economic, security and moral failure for President Trump and his administration", Markey said in a statement.

"I don't think it's good that there is a picture evolving where, in the future, we would do more with China than with the United States", Juncker said.

The Paris agreement was reached in December 2015 to reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and pay for mitigation measures.

The European Union and China will throw their full weight behind the Paris climate accord at a summit on Friday, EU officials said, in a bid to fill the void if the United States quits the pact.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) and Spain's Mariano Rajoy (mah-ree-AH'-noh rah-HOY') made the comments in a joint statement following talks in Madrid.

What is not yet clear is whether Mr Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based.

McKenna has said what the USA chooses to do is up to the US, but Canada won't wait.

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

For months, the president and his advisers have engaged in a heated internal debate over whether to leave the 195-nation agreement, as he pledged to do during the 2016 campaign.

She described the discussion as "very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory".

Withdrawing would leave the U.S. aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialised economies in rejecting action to combat climate change.

Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she has made it a priority to establish a review process so her father would hear from all sides, said a senior administration official.

The United States is the country with the second-highest carbon emissions in the world, only behind China. However, the decision was delayed till the G7 meeting in Sicily, Italy.

In a possible jab at the likely US pullout, the United Nations tweeted on Wednesday a quote from Secretary General Antonio Guterres: "Climate change is undeniable". Musk grew Tesla, a sustainable energy company offering electric vehicles, energy storage and solar systems, to combat climate change and spread clean energy technology.

"Despite this possible rollback of the U.S. administration, Europe is ready for the leadership (on climate change) and we will definitely provide it", he added.

"If US-China climate cooperation gave birth to the Paris Agreement, now it is up to European Union and China to defend and enhance it", said Li Shuo, from Greenpeace.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the president said only that he will announce his decision on whether to withdraw "over the next few days".

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

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it.

Advocates of the climate deal pressured Trump, who has changed his mind on large decisions before even after signaling a move in the opposite direction.

Forty Democratic senators sent Trump a letter urging him to stay in, saying a withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

This story corrects the geography of countries in the 10:30 a.m. item to northern European, not Scandinavian.

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