Trump expected to leave climate deal but with 'caveats'

Pulling out of the agreement would be a dramatic reversal from the Obama administration's stance on the deal.

Mr Trump does not "comprehensively understand" the terms of the accord, though European leaders tried to explain the process for withdrawing to him "in clear, simple sentences" during summit meetings last week, Mr Juncker said in Berlin.

In 2015, the Paris deal, drafted within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and championed by former US President Barack Obama, was signed by 194 countries and ratified by 143 states.

Some northern European countries are criticizing the US for its expected withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.

A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what President Trump did, and would spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Although the president is facing strong criticism from Democrats and environmentalists, the media reported that Trump was leaning toward withdrawing from the agreement.

That Convention, seeking voluntary actions to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and a landmark in cooperation between rich and poor nations, has had bipartisan USA support.

"Despite the U.S. having been responsible for a massively disproportionate share of historic greenhouse gas emissions, it is now washing its hands of the situation while billions of the world's most vulnerable peoples will face the fatal consequences of rising sea levels, drought, desertification and failing crops".

The Trump administration has yet to make an official statement about this decision.

City and county governments have been fighting back against climate change, trying to reduce the carbon footprint. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable".

Brown spoke in an interview with the Bay Area News Group in advance of a week-long visit to China to solidify climate and clean energy partnerships between California and Chinese provinces - ties is trying to forge with other states and provinces in the USA and Canada.

Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry. Such an assertion stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

But President Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that President Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders. Earlier negotiations produced the 2002 Kyoto Protocol, which the USA signed on to but never ratified.

The statement follows speculation that President Donald Trump may soon announce USA withdrawal from the Paris global agreement of 2015 to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

That decision would certainly square with Trump's previous comments about the deal, especially ones he made during his 2016 presidential campaign when he vowed to "cancel" the agreement to, in his words, "accelerate and intensify the actions and investment needed for a sustainable low carbon future". Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth. The U.S. could use its voice and veto to water down the rules and details of the Paris Agreement, which are now being negotiated.

But the corporate world has by and large come out in favour of staying in the accord. They include Apple, Google and Walmart. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

"I hope he will set aside pride and vanity and think of his obligation and responsibility, not only as president of the United States but as the purported leader of the free world", Healey said.

  • Zachary Reyes