White House official: Trump plans to pull United States from Paris deal

Administration sources told NBC News that Trump is leaning toward leaving the historic climate accord, but has not yet made a final decision.

China said on Thursday it will stick to the Paris climate deal as the world awaited an announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump on whether to keep the United States in the global pact to fight climate change.

A White House official confirmed media reports Wednesday that the president is expected to pull out of the accord, which went into effect in November, the Associated Press reports.

Trump telegraphed his expected decision at the meeting by refusing to endorse the Paris Agreement.

Soon after the news broke, an official from the European Union confirmed that the EU and China would "reaffirm" their committment to the deal despite the US' decision, AP reported.

On Twitter the president said: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days". Twenty-two of 52 Senate Republicans urged Trump to leave the accord in a letter last week.

Advisers pressing him to remain in the accord could still make their case to the boss.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies, at a summit in Sicily, urged Trump to commit his administration to the agreement, but said in their closing statement that the USA, for now, "is not in a position to join the consensus". Aides were deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

The team is debating whether to launch a full formal withdrawal that could take three years, or exit the United Nations climate change treaty used as a basis for the accord. That is the average atmospheric temperature increase above which a future of extreme conditions is considered irrevocable.

"Because of existing provisions within the Clean Air Act and others embedded in the Paris Agreement, remaining in it would subject the United States to significant litigation risk that could upend your Administration's ability to fulfill its goal of rescinding the Clean Power Plan".

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. "And that's not the kind of world we want to live in".

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

It is also a massive blow to America's identity as a global leader.

"The success of our foreign policy - in trade, military, any other kind of negotiation - depends on our credibility".

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Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and the former head of Breitbart, had pressed Trump to stick with his campaign promise and leave the deal.

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said Trump had ceded the United States' role in directing climate change efforts to countries like China and India. He added, "The Paris Agreement is a symbol of the Obama administration's "Washington knows best" approach to governing".

President Donald Trump may abandon US pledges to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but that step seems unlikely to stall the push to adopt cleaner forms of energy.

Other countries have vowed to continue to carry out the terms of the Paris agreement, even without the United States. The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels - about 1.6 billion tons. Now, the President is expected to announce any day now that the US will be taking a major step back from global leadership and forward progress to step out of the worldwide agreement.

  • Leroy Wright