US President Donald Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal

US President Donald Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal

She's criticizing what she says are "destructive and short-sighted" decisions by the Trump administration.

President Trump is likely to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that would fulfill a key campaign promise and upend a signature achievement of his predecessor, administration officials told ABC News.

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of USA participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a risky temperature threshold.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had urged Trump to stay in the Paris deal, did not attend the ceremony, nor did Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, both close advisers to the president who supported staying in the agreement.

He had promised during his presidential campaign to pull the U.S. out of the deal.

He said solar power grew 50 percent previous year, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries". Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Canada's commitments under the agreement are to reduce annual emissions to 30 per cent less than they were in 2005 by 2030. The agreement, signed by the Obama administration past year, would commit the U.S. to drastically reducing its carbon emissions while allowing some countries to increase theirs.

The the world's second largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

The rift between Donald Trump and the rest of the world promises to deepen and widen, as the USA president decides to go completely against the environment.

French President Emmanuel Macron said at a weekend summit in Italy he was sure Trump would back the deal after listening to his G7 counterparts.

Trump should follow through on his commitment and withdraw from an agreement that would do nothing to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.

A withdrawal would put the United States in the same camp as Nicaragua and Syria: a tiny group of countries refusing to participate in the nearly universally supported Paris climate change agreement.

Word of Trump's expected decision comes a day after the president met with Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

For years, Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't give a shit about the environment.

The Paris climate agreement is at the centre of President Obama's legacy, and is supported by every country except for Syria and Nicaragua. The reason is three-fold: Climate change is undeniable.

"The loss of USA finance would be the biggest headache, and of course the symbolism is not good", said Michael Grubb, a professor at University College London who has advised the European Union on climate policy. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said this would be disappointing.

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

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.

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Donald Trump has, very wrongly, called climate change "a hoax invented by the Chinese". Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal. That means the USA would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election.

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