Trump to Announce Plans to Withdraw From Paris Climate Change Accord

Trump to Announce Plans to Withdraw From Paris Climate Change Accord

The decision fulfills Donald J. Trump's misguided campaign promise to withdraw from the pact under which almost 200 nations (led, at the time, by the U.S.) pledged to try to reduce global warming by curtailing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Germany's Angela Merkel, who in the past has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" for her efforts to fight global warming, said her country would "continue to fulfil our obligations under the Paris climate agreement as part of the European framework".

Abandoning the accord was one of Trump's principal campaign pledges, but America's allies have expressed alarm about the likely consequences. White House legal advisers and some Republican lawmakers had warned that staying in the accord could undercut Trump's efforts to rescind rules on power-plant emissions and fuel efficiency.

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

The calls were first reported by the Daily Beast. In his June 1 announcement, Trump pledged to to drop those commitments.

Pressure to remain in the Paris accord has been intense, however, including from some of Trump's closest aides.

Gov. Brown will head to Beijing on Friday for a weeklong visit to encourage more climate change cooperation. Some of his aides have been searching for a middle ground in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal for fear it will hamper USA economic growth and those warning that a US exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide US leadership. And even with the environmental regulations passed under President Obama, the USA was unlikely to meet its original commitment - to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by about 1.6 billion tons by 2025. Countries are permitted under the treaty to change their goals and there is no punishment for missing targets.

The Trump Administration is poised to isolate itself from reality once again - this time by potentially withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He said the USA would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favourable terms.

China calls climate change 'global consensus'
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment , Denis Naughten expressed his concern following the announcement. The president said the deal as-is "hamstrings" the US while empowering some of the world's "top-polluting countries".

Mr. Guterres told the BBC: "It is obviously a very important decision as the United States is the biggest economy in the world". Chinese premier Li Keqiang, visiting Germany, said his country would remain committed to combating climate change, despite USA moves. They include Apple, Google and Walmart. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

"China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", said Li, speaking in Berlin Wednesday.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has discussed the possibility of changing the US carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely. "It speaks to how disingenuous this whole process has become and a failure to acknowledge it's an ineffective approach", he said.

That's a reflection of Trump's "America First" governing policy, which he's sought to bolster since taking office. On Tuesday, Trump met with a key voice advocating for withdrawal, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.

The administration will exit the pact through the formal procedure laid out in it, so the withdrawal will not be official until 2020, the sources said.

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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