Looming US climate accord exit raises alarm

Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk has threatened to quit his position as an advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump if the U.S. decides to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Today Trump said to the world: "'fuck you'".

Rumours already swirling about the future of USA involvement in the Paris deal were further stoked when Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

The administration's decision comes after months of internal debate and speculation about what Trump, who campaigned on leaving the deal, would do once he took office.

During Mr Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the USA in the landmark agreement.

After Axios and others reported his plan to withdraw, Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, again tweeted that he's be making a decision this week, but didn't offer any clear signals about what his he planned to do.

Trump has not yet made an official decision to withdraw from the pact, telling reporters Wednesday they will find out soon.

He was set to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports remaining in the deal, said the report.

Name SearchWatch Service' Scott Pruitt. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police US carbon emissions.

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in 2015, aims to cut emissions blamed for global warming.

That level of commitment can't be undone by one head of stat - even if that state is the world's most powerful.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.

The U.N.'s main Twitter page quotes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying: "Climate change is undeniable". Climate change is unstoppable.

Exxon has little choice; on Wednesday its investors defied the board by adopting a shareholder resolution for comprehensive disclosure of climate-related risks to its business.

Sen. Edward Markey said it was "downright un-American for a President to abdicate United States leadership to the great challenges facing our planet". "It would harm every American because climate change is an existential threat to us". He has called global warming a hoax aimed at hurting the USA economy.

It is agreed among almost all climate scientists that the Earth is warming due to a human-made increase of greenhouse gasses.

After Trump's recent visit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany (and the Western world) can no longer rely on "others".

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES U.S. coal company shares dipped alongside renewable energy stocks on Wednesday after reports that President Donald Trump plans to pull the United States from a global accord on fighting climate change.

In an earlier tweet, he said: "Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain".

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

Oil companies have also voiced support for the agreement.

Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a motion that would direct the city's departments to adhere to the Paris agreement as official policy.

Scientists say that the earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming even sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Scientists believe the accumulation of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases in the atmosphere is warming the planet.

  • Leroy Wright


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