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Will Trump Announce America's Exit From the Paris Climate Accord?

Will Trump Announce America's Exit From the Paris Climate Accord?

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

If the US won't commit to combatting climate change, it gives smaller countries a justifiable excuse to do the same.

Mr Dathi told the Press Association: "I think Theresa May is herself someone who doesn't really believe in climate change, doesn't have a sound commitment to it, and is much more interested in profits, in the unfettered ability of companies to make huge amounts of profit".

Trump had several potential options.

Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025.

"Confronting climate change and reducing greenhouses gasses will take an worldwide effort".

Brazil expressed "profound concern and disappointment" with Trump's decision to exit the climate agreement.

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"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", wrote French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni.

Before taking office, Trump repeatedly dismissed climate change as a hoax, and suggested that Obama-era climate regulations put the U.S.at a competitive disadvantage.

While Trump couched his reasons for leaving in economic terms, a number of major corporations made last-minute pleas to remain in the Paris deal.

In addition, nations - inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses - came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.

Business leaders, normally strong supporters of Republican initiatives, had vigorously appealed to Trump not to abandon the agreement. Now, the USA may fall further from that goal. In conversations with his advisers, Trump has cited the affect a withdrawal would have on the states where he won by the largest margins, including in the Rust Belt and the western plains.

These include carbon dioxide generated from burning of fossil fuels that scientists blame for a warming planet, sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.Scientists have said a US withdrawal from the deal could speed up the effects of global climate change, leading to heat waves, floods, droughts, and more frequent violent storms. The decision has no direct impact on major USA regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the USA for agreeing to the terms".

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On Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted that he had made his decision and would announce it in the Rose Garden at 3 p.m. The "Paris accord " to reduce carbon emissions, was agreed in the 2015 , and signed by almost 200 countries.

Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the chancellor was disappointed in Trump's decision and affirmed Germany's commitment to the accord.

But anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, have appeared to won out. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

"Ivanka is doing what she can to get him to stay", a White House official told Politico.

Investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke. It went into effect on 4 November 2016.

"China will continue to implement the promises made in the Paris accord".

Now EU and Chinese leaders have banded together in an unusual alliance that emphasizes the absence of the United States - the world's second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China - from the playing field. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects. But Trump's statement was clear and direct.

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The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels - about 1.6 billion tons. Withdrawal would take effect a year after that - taking us to November 2020 at the earliest if Trump uses this option.


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