Trump's disbelief in climate science looms over Paris decision

While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce Thursday the USA will pull out of the climate agreement involving almost 200 countries.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement. This led to the Kyoto Protocol and then the 2015 Paris Agreement.

"In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy agenda, and threatening our national and global security", she said. The president has pledged to reverse decades of decline in coal mining, which now accounts for fewer than 75,000

The Axios website was first to report Trump's decision was made, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, while other media including CNN, CBS, ABC and Politico reported the White House was expected to announce a withdrawal once details of the process have been worked out.

But Republicans have slammed the climate deal and Trump joined the chorus when he ran for president.

Elon Musk has a message for President Donald Trump: Don't leave the Paris climate agreement.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said leaving the Paris agreement would amount to an "abdication" of American values.

There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord.

It was not immediately clear whether the president intends to make a quick, clean break with the treaty or to work out a full, formal withdrawal, which could take three years.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 - so this means the United States would have to stay with it until November 2019.

Speaking Thursday at a European forum in Berlin, Juncker referred to last week's G7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, saying: "We explained to Mr. Trump in Taormina that it would not be good for the world or the United States if America was to literally step off the world's stage". An overwhelming majority of scientists the human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change. "It seems our attempt failed".

In a jibe at the USA administration, Juncker told the audience at an event of the Confederation of German Employers in Berlin that "not everything that is written in global agreements is fake news".

Trump also could opt to withdraw from the more foundational U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which laid the groundwork for the Paris deal and was signed by President George H.W. Bush and ratified by the Senate in the early 1990s.

Economists also warn that climate change could inflict a devastating impact on the global economy. These policies have made it highly unlikely that the United States could honor its Paris pledge to sharply cut carbon dioxide emissions.

His appeal suggested that if the USA, the world's biggest carbon emitter after China, was to quit the deal, the onus would be on other key players like China, India and the European Union to do more to fight global warming.

If the president decides to scrap USA participation, the Tesla CEO said he would stop participating in White House councils.

The 2015 agreement aims to prevent the Earth from heating up by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the start of the industrial age. A panel of leading climate scientists found in 2014 at least a 95-percent probability that man-made greenhouse gas emissions have caused most of the warming since around 1950.

The accord requires the 195 signatories - almost every country in the world - to create national plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to mitigate the impact of climate change.

  • Leroy Wright