Trump Reportedly Pulling USA Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

The decision to withdraw from the climate accord was influenced by a letter from 22 Republican U.S. senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for an exit, Axios reported.

According to Axios reports from last weekend, he had told confidants he plans to leave the landmark worldwide agreement.

In a recent full page ad which ran in the New York Times and other major newspapers, Adobe, Apple, Google, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Microsoft, PG&E and numerous others beseeched President Trump not to withdraw from the agreement.

The only other two countries in the United Nations that did not support the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.

The Paris accord has been signed by 195 countries, meaning the United States joins just Syria and Nicaragua in refusing to unite to fight global climate change.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the Trump administration not to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, saying the deal would have long-term benefits for the USA economy and even its security. Chinese President Xi Jinping in January called the Paris agreement a "hard-won achievement" that "all signatories should stick to".

Trump issued a tweet on the topic: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!".

The president, in a tweet posted after the media reports began to circulate, said only: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

Big emitters led by China, the European Union and India have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris deal, which seeks to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century by shifting to clean energies.

Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord. Most notable is Exxon Mobil Corp., whose former chief executive is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police U.S. carbon emissions.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's numerous calls for US President Donald Trump not abandon the Paris Agreement will be answered this week.

Guterres said he will also rally countries to raise the bar on efforts to limit temperature rise and the United Nations system to promote climate action. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", according to The Associated Press.

Mr Trump's attitude to climate change made the G7 talks "very difficult" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). Such an assertion stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

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.

  • Carolyn Briggs