Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal, reports say

A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

"Climate change is not a fairy tale".

The agreement took effect in November of that year, after nations accounting for 55 percent of global emissions ratified the treaty.

USA withdrawal could have major implications on the pact which relies heavily on the commitment of big polluter nations to reduce gas emissions which scientists blame for rising sea levels, droughts and frequent violent storms. The U.S. produces 15 percent of global emissions, behind the 30 percent produced by China, which has agreed to the deal and urged the U.S. remain committed to the agreement.

Spicer says Trump ultimately "wants a fair deal for the American people".

The chief executives of dozens of companies have made last-minute appeals to Trump.

And while those vulnerable nations didn't manage to establish 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as the legally binding target, it is worked in as an aspiration.But it's a goal that would be even harder to achieve than 2 degrees - which, again, is a target the world hasn't yet figured out how to meet. "The air has no boundaries"."In the face of backwards and unsafe decisions by the Trump administration, Los Angeles must lead the way toward a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future", Bonin said. Elon Musk, the tech billionaire and founder of Tesla, tweeted earlier this month that he spoke with Trump about sticking with the deal.

Guterres said in that speech that "it would be very important for the US not to leave the Paris agreement".

It was true when newly appointed French President Emmanuel Macron purposefully snubbed Trump to greet Merkel instead, and it was true when Trump's threat to leave the Paris Climate Agreement was met with more relief than dismay.

A USA pullout could have sweeping implications. It could even result in world leaders imposing punitive carbon taxes on USA imports to their countries.

"There's a huge market that somebody's going to own and we're giving it up", Clinton said.

America's worldwide allies and Mr Trump's domestic opponents lashed out yesterday at media reports that he had made up his mind to pull the USA out of the global accord to curb carbon emissions, a move that would make the deal less effective.

The opposite is also true: USA greenhouse gas emissions could continue to go down, at least in the short term, even if Trump withdraws from the accord.

The Paris accord was reached in 2015, after lengthy negotiations.

Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement. "Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details".

"And so my argument today is that it is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement - and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition".

Zinke told reporters that he has "yet to read what the actual Paris agreement is" and "would like to sit down and read" the 2015 accord before commenting.

And Sweden's Climate Minister Isabella Lovin says "it would be deeply regrettable" if the United States decides to pull out of a landmark global climate agreement, adding "it is also contrary to what we expect from the USA leadership when humanity faces major challenges". It would take another year after that before the U.S.is actually out, under this process. "It sends a combative signal to the rest of the world that America doesnt prioritise climate change and threatens to unravel the ambition of the entire deal", it said.

Trump vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries. Trump faced intense pressure on both sides, including from his senior advisers and family.

"The perception that we have to decide between creating jobs or tackling climate change is a false choice", said Dean Garfield, president of the tech trade group ITI.

  • Zachary Reyes