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Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a White House Rose Garden event today. He also said he had been hearing from "a lot of people, both ways" trying to persuade him on the climate agreement.

Trump said the decision would come this week, but didn't offer more details.

Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge, but would certainly anger worldwide allies that spent years in hard negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions. "It is not too late to for the president to stay the course and work with the tech industry to ensure that more clean energy jobs continue to go to Americans and that US leadership in innovation is second to none". The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

Rumours already swirling about the future of United States involvement in the Paris deal were further stoked when Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview Sunday, assuring that Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

Trump met Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favoured remaining in the agreement. On Wednesday morning, Axios reported that Trump is ditching the deal made during the Obama administration, which went into effect in November 2016.

Trumps influential daughter Ivanka Trumps 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.

His speech comes as Trump this week decides whether the USA - the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China - will adhere to the limit its emissions as layed out in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

"As some of the largest companies based or operating in the United States, we strongly urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change", said the ad, which directly addresses the president.

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.




The White House signalled that Mr Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided.

In his first major speech on climate change since he assumed charge as the head of the United Nations this January, the United Nations secretary-general said the "world is in a mess" and urged the global community to "stay the course" even if one government does not believe in the emissions-cutting deal.

Climate change is expected to lead to increased flooding along the coast and inland, intrusion of saltwater into the underground freshwater supply, decrease in property values and an increase in insurance costs, according to the multicounty compact most recently updated in October 2015. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", he said.

The Sierra Clubs executive director, Michael Brune, called the expected move a “historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality.”.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the possibility "a stunning abdication of American leadership, and a grave threat to our planet's future".

President Trump could damage the entire world by pulling out of the Paris climate deal.

Still, he said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and said that, if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win". Instead, it's catalyzed support for the deal.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling USA coal mines.

The European Union and China will issue a statement Friday declaring climate change "an imperative more than ever" in the face of expected US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth. Hundreds of high-profile businesses have also spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

In particular, the open letter said that by remaining in the agreement, the USA would be more competitive globally, "create jobs, markets and growth", and would "reduce business risks".

In Congress, 40 Democratic senators sent Trump a letter saying withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.


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