Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal: Axios report

A formal announcement is expected at some point this week, but two senior USA officials familiar with Trump's plans cautioned they could change until Trump makes his decision public.

Guterres, in his remarks at the New York University Stern School of Business, highlighted the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants.

"If any government doubts the global needs for these accords, it is reason for the unite even stronger and stay the course", he 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.

"The world is in a mess", Guterres said.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, has come under concerted pressure from other world leaders to honor the 2015 Paris Agreement, the first to bind all nations to setting goals to curb carbon emissions.

The Paris Agreement is seen as the most important global climate agreement ever signed by the world's leaders. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", he said. It sends a combative signal to the rest of the world that America doesn't prioritize climate change and threatens to unravel the ambition of the entire deal. "Climate action is unstoppable", he said.

Shortly after the news broke Wednesday, the United Nations official account tweeted a note from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres: "Climate change is undeniable". Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, while senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed. Yet, what we are witnessing in these early years of a systemic response is the opposite.

"Those who fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a grey future but those who embrace green technologies will set the gold standard for economic leadership in the twenty-first century". The message is simple: The sustainability train has left the station.

While Trump now favors 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. "Get on board or get left behind", he said. Under the terms of the agreement, member countries promised to reduce their carbon output "as soon as possible" and to do their best to keep global warming "well below 2-degree Centigrade" of pre-industrial levels. Estimates from think tanks and universities have put the cost of us withdrawal at up to three billion tons of extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere every year, which could raise the global temperature by 0.1 degrees Celsius to 0.3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

  • Arturo Norris