Gov. Brown looks to China for climate bond

(AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Fle). FILE - In this October 20, 2016 file photo, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is seen in Brussels.

The European Union and China, meanwhile, will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of whether the USA pulls out of the pact, a senior EU official said.

Scott Vaughan, president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, said the US withdrawal would be a blow to Paris and climate change policy around the world because, until recently, it had been the leader on the file. Aides have been deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

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. The former reality TV star with a flair for drama later promoted his Rose Garden announcement in a tweet.

Informed sources tell Reuters that US President Donald Trump will follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change.

Despite reports that the U.S. is poised to scrap participation in the deal, other countries, including India, China, and the European Union (EU) member states have reaffirmed their commitment to combating global warming with the deal.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by China to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

Affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader. Hundreds of high-profile businesses have also spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

Asked what kind of exchanges Beijing's leaders have had with Trump regarding his decision, Hua said China and the United States "have maintained close communications at various levels" on subjects including climate change.

Mr Trump had refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday, saying he needed more time to decide.

United States electric auto producer Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said in a statement on Wednesday that he would leave President Donald Trump's advisory councils if the administration decides to pull out from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. A formal withdrawal would take years, experts say, a situation that led the president of the European Commission to speak dismissively of Trump on Wednesday.

Last week in Germany, McKenna met Chinese special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua and European Union environment commissioner Karmenu Vella and discussed jointly hosting a meeting of environment ministers this fall to chart a path for implementing Paris among the world's major economies. It seems our attempt failed, but the law is the law and it must be obeyed. "This notion, 'I am Trump, I am American, America first and I am getting out, ' that is not going to happen". Some of his aides have been searching for a middle ground in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal for fear it will hamper USA economic growth and those warning that a US exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide US leadership.

That fight has played out within Trump's administration. The administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, was working on details.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord. 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.

A White House official said earlier in the day that Trump was planning to pull out of the Paris deal, although a final decision hadn't been made.

Speaking at a conference near Los Angeles, she said to back out of the agreement would be "throwing out the economic opportunities that being part of the Paris agreement provide for the United States".

Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming even sooner if the USA retreats from the pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists have told the AP.

  • Leroy Wright