President Donald Trump expected to pull USA out of Paris climate agreement

Trump announced in a tweet Saturday that he would make his "final decision" this week on whether or not to keep the the landmark accord in which nations agreed to work toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.

The Paris climate accord, known as the "Paris Agreement" by the United Nations, is an worldwide agreement reached in 2015 aimed at reducing carbon emissions, slowing rising global temperatures and helping countries deal with the effects of climate change.

Trump made the decision in part after receiving a letter from 22 Republican Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling for a clean exit from the accord, Axios reported.

But pulling out of the agreement is popular with Mr. Trump's political base, many of whom are skeptical of the science underlying climate change policy.

He was speaking after US President Donald Trump refused to join other leaders of the G7 group of rich nations in reaffirming support for the accord.

Former president Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, praised the deal during a trip to Europe this month.

Experts told SBS World News that while a USA withdrawal would be disappointing, it would not be catastrophic for the global agreement. Barack Obama signed the U.S. up in September 2016, and members of the G7 are keen for the USA to continue to back it, not least because the country is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after China. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

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

That's important because Trump says he'll base his decision on protecting US companies, not the environment.

She told reporters: "The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying".

The speech was a "calculated gamble", Richard Gowan, research director at NYU's Center on International Cooperation, said, adding that Trump may "react badly" to even a limited challenge from the United Nations, which he views with suspicion.

However, the European Union stands ready to take on the mantle of leadership on this issue, according to the European Commission.

Some of the biggest names in USA business are making their voices heard in the debate over whether the United States should stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. "We should be doing everything we can to accomplish both", Buchanan said.

Trump reflected on how many places he had visited, saying, "We have been gone for close to 9 days. and I think we hit a home run, no matter where we are".

"So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming", he added.

Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and blasted the Paris agreement as a "bad deal".

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Brussels late Thursday for talks with EU president Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, with climate change at the top of the agenda.

CNN reported Wednesday morning that the Trump administration was expected to withdraw from the agreement, which was ratified by 147 countries. "U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets".

  • Leroy Wright