Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

If the United States were to pull out of the accord, it would join Syria and Nicaragua as three out of the 145 countries that have signed on to the 2015 agreement sponsored by the United Nations to slow climate change.

As The New York Times reported in 2014, then President Barack Obama intentionally did not pursue a legal treaty because "there is no chance that the now gridlocked Senate will ratify a climate change treaty in the near future, especially in a political environment where many Republican lawmakers remain skeptical of the established science of human-caused global warming".

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

McKenna has said what the US chooses to do is up to the USA, but Canada won't wait.

"It is imperative that we maintain our seat at the table in global discussions of how to address the threats posed by climate change", a group of bipartisan lawmakers wrote to the White House in April.

Tearfund's head of advocacy Paul Cook said: "World leaders need to uphold their commitments to prevent lives and livelihoods being hit hard by an unstable and changing climate".

Musk then said he would have "no choice" but to depart Trump's advisory councils if the USA pulled out of the climate deal.

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, sent a tweet in the literary style of the US president: "Trump puts his ego ahead of the future of our planet - sad!" Trump tweeted he would make his formal announcement over the next few days.

At a Wednesday news conference, a government spokesman said Macron had told a cabinet meeting France would be "very pro-active" in working to ensure the Paris accord was implemented.

Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

Hill Democrats weren't the only ones outraged over Trump's expected decision.

Mr Guterres made the remarks at New York University, as the United States weighed-up pulling out of the emissions-cutting deal.

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. In January, Musk endorsed Rex Tillerson for secretary of state because Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, has supported such a tax.

Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views "are evolving".

"Will @realDonaldTrump invite his granddaughter to sit on his lap as he signs the EO pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord?" the user tweeted, to which Kerry replied: "Good question".

Conservatives, such as Pruitt, have argued the agreement wasn't fair to the United States and the fact of the USA staying in would be used as a weapon by environmental groups seeking to fight Trump environmental policies.

Friends of the Earth's chief executive Craig Bennett said the organisation would campaign against any trade deal with the United States if it "turns its back on its global responsibility to tackle climate change". Forty Democratic senators sent Trump a letter urging him to stay in, saying a withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the the pact.

If Trump does withdraw the USA fully from the Paris pact, scientists warn it will be a tremendous setback to the worldwide effort to contain temperatures from rising an average of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

  • Zachary Reyes