Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal -Axios report
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 21:41
According to his top economic adviser Gay Cohn, Mr. Trump's views on climate change were "evolving," but Mr. Trump's delay in formally deciding whether or not to stay involved in the accord forced G-7 leaders to declare the U.S.is "not in a position to join the consensus" around the agreement.
Asked if Guterres was trying to send a message to Trump, his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said: "It was important for the secretary general to clearly lay out his vision for moving forward on confronting climate change, an overriding global challenge that we must all confront collectively".
"Yes, not everyone will move at the same pace or with equal vigour. The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match".
Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming even sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said.
The Axios website was first to report Trump's decision was made, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, while other media including CNN, CBS, ABC and Politico reported the White House was expected to announce a withdrawal once details of the process have been worked out.
"If other countries lose confidence in our commitment to climate change, they may cut back their commitment".
World leaders, who had hoped to put out a statement of consensus on the Paris Agreement, expressed their frustration, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring: "We have a situation where six, or if you also include the European Union seven, are against one". It is the first step to try to do something about climate change. Climate action is unstoppable.
The climate pact urges countries to intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
But Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders.
"Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy".
During Trump's disastrous trip to Europe, his infamous alpha-male handshake met its match in Emmanuel Macron when the newly elected French squeezed so hard the US President was forced to publicly concede in front of the cameras. New markets. Healthier environments. "We can not phase out fossil fuels overnight". China is also exploring and trading for Arctic oil and gas.
China aims to increase its renewable energy by about 40 per cent by 2020 while industry experts predict India's solar capacity will double this year to 18 gigawatts.
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". The transition in the real economy is a fact. "We have to engage the energy industry and governments to use fossil fuels as cleanly, sparingly and responsibly as possible, while transforming our energy systems".
The UN chief added that he will work with UN member- states to mobilise national and worldwide resources for adaptation and implementation of national climate action plans.
"That is where true change will be achieved", he said.