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Trump to announce Paris climate accord decision Thursday

Trump to announce Paris climate accord decision Thursday

Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Wednesday to stop advising President Donald Trump if the White House withdraws from the Paris climate accords. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pictured after delivering a policy announcement in Toronto, on Wednesday May 31, 2017.

(AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Fle).

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila told his country's parliament Wednesday that a USA withdrawal would be a big setback.

The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, referred to it as "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

While he now favours 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.

He is breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord.

But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.

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Trump has not given any indication of which way he is leaning, saying he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways".

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As a result of Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear that it would be impossible to honour the Obama Administration's Paris pledge.

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel indicated after that meeting that the US was no longer a reliable partner to Germany.

If the US withdraws from the underlying convention, it would signal the country's departure from any United Nations-sponsored climate discussions. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26% - 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. Countries are permitted under the treaty to change their goals and there is no punishment for missing targets.

According to the agreement, a party that has fully joined the accord, as the United States has, can not formally withdraw for three years after the date of joining - and that is then capped by an extra year-long waiting period.

Musk then said he would leave Trump's advisory councils if the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Agreement, saying he would have "no choice" if the United States pulled out of the climate deal.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

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At the subsequent G7 meeting last week, Trump refused to state his support for the Paris agreement on climate change, making him the only G7 leader not to do so.

More than 190 nations agreed to the accord in December 2015 in Paris, and 147 have since formally ratified or otherwise joined it, including the U.S. - representing more than 80 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the leaders of nearly every country in the world and countless CEOs from the United State's largest companies have all pushed for Trump to keep the the deal, citing reasons ranging from environmental protection to economic downfalls.

However, Kemp suggests that if the United States simply withdraws altogether, other nations might actually be inspired to step up their game in its place.

A United States withdrawal would remove the world's second-largest emitter and almost 18 per cent of the globe's present-day emissions from the agreement, presenting a severe challenge to its structure and raising questions about whether it would weaken the commitments of other nations.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

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

At a conference near Los Angeles, Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated for the presidency past year, said withdrawing would be a mistake.

Trump had indicated on his global trip last week that he was thinking he would honor his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement, according to CNN.

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With falling prices of clean technology, some analysts say the switch to a low carbon world is already unstoppable, and countries which fail to take advantage of the shift will lose out.

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