China vows to work with EU to uphold Paris pact
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 21:54
He will announce his decision in the White House Rose Garden at 3 p.m. Thursday, he tweeted. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout. Trump did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter.
The significance of the decision is that the US will withdraw from the international agreement that marked the biggest development in the worldwide fight against global warming.
UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres has urged the world to raise its ambition in implementing the Paris climate agreement as the United States was poised to pull out of the landmark emissions-cutting deal.
Scientists say that Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
China is the top emitter of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and the United States is second. Under the pact, the United States committed to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
He noted that it would take three or four years to exit from the Paris deal, and revealed that world leaders had sought to explain that to Trump at the G7 summit. Asked why House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hadn't responded to the reports Wednesday, a spokesman said: "Did the President announce that?" "In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy agenda, and threatening our national and global security".
"We can stop what President Trump may be about to do from having a devastating effect on our own people", he said.
France's ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, said on Twitter that the Paris agreement "doesn't infringe on USA sovereignty" and noted that major American corporations had supported the deal.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila (JOO'-hah SEE'-pah-lah) says climate change won't be reversed "by closing your eyes".
President Donald Trump will follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters. "U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets".
And he's not alone in his statements illustrating a lack of belief in climate change science.
Leading the charge to abort the accord is Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist.
The summit in Brussels could mark a dramatic shift in global politics, with the European Union taking over from the United States in working with China to fight climate change.
American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.
Why does Mr. Trump want to withdraw from the Paris Agreement?
President Trump, who had promised during the campaign that he would pull the USA out of the deal, tweeted on Saturday that he would make his final decision on the Paris Accord this week.
Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she has made it a priority to establish a review process so her father would hear from all sides, said a senior administration official. Trump had already signed a series of executive orders to reverse Obama's initiatives that aimed to achieve environmental protection. Susan Collins (R-ME) is one of the more vocal Republican voices supporting the pact.
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey from MA also noted the potential economic disruption, tweeting: "Pulling out of #ParisAgreement is a massive moral, economic & leadership failure for Trump admin. Loss of business, jobs, & intl standing".