Trump to announce withdrawal from Paris climate deal

Withdrawing from the Paris agreement was one of the major campaign promises of Trump, who has previously called climate change a "hoax" and last week brushed aside pressure from U.S. allies during the G7 summit in Sicily to endorse the deal his predecessor Barack Obama worked passionately to achieve.

Before Trump even finished his full address, President Obama issued a statement opposing the withdrawal. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said. Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. 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 US economic growth and those warning that a USA exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide USA leadership. Thanks to fracking, the U.S.is no longer the world's number one importer of oil and gas; instead it's the world's number one producer.

The Paris pact obligates the U.S.to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, compared to 2005 levels. In many ways, the result was a symbolic commitment calling for every country to work to address climate change, setting their own targets and working to meet them with their own policies. However, under the terms of the Paris deal, withdrawal can't begin until November 2019, three years after the agreement took effect.

Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement may be President Trump's worst decision yet.

During his campaign, Trump vowed to "cancel" USA participation in the deal.

Mr Trump will also say he hopes to seek "a better deal". It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy and job growth while extracting meaningless commitments from the world's top global emitters, like China.

President Donald Trump is due to announce the United States' withdrawal from the pact, which took almost two decades of often-acrimonious bartering and much give-and-take to conclude.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

All implementation of the non-binding portions of the agreement will cease to be enforced by the United States, he said.

Here's a guide to what's in the Paris agreement, what's going on with global warming, and what might happen if the rest of the world keeps fighting man-made climate change and the USA stays partially or completely on the sidelines.

Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, Mr Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", and pointed out that it was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement. Trump's decision marked "a sad day for the global community", said Miguel Arias Canete, climate action commissioner for the European Union. Giving signatories voluntary responsibility without punishing member nations that didn't hit their goals is a "path to failure", Nicaragua's delegate to Paris said in 2015.

Trump is getting conflicting advice from various quarters of the administration.

Ultimately, Trump sided with the hardliners within his Administration, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who insisted that withdraw would further his domestic agenda and rally his base.

During the campaign, Trump criticized the environmental accord signed by almost 200 nations in Paris in 2015, saying it would cause job losses in the U.S.

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

Opponents of the move say it threatens to isolate the United States in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet, and leave an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.

Scientists say that Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

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