EU President warns Trump against Paris climate deal exit

Exiting the deal would be certain to anger allies that spent years negotiating the accord to reduce carbon emissions.

Trump's controversial decision deals a blow to one of Obama's legacy accomplishments.

Two senior US officials familiar with Trump's plans told CNN on Wednesday that the US President is expected to withdraw from the Paris accord.

In a speech on his decision that recalled the nationalistic rhetoric of his presidential campaign speeches, Mr Trump said his job was to represent the "citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", claiming that the agreement signed by his predecessor Barack Obama would cost the U.S. economy almost $3 trillion over several decades and 2.7 million jobs.

Trump's position on the Paris accord was a focal point of last week's G7 summit in Sicily, at which leaders of the world's six other leading economies pressed him to renew the United States commitment to the deal.

The United Nations' main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable". In fact, he said, sea level rise caused by unchecked climate change could mean that cities like his "will cease to exist". That option would provide a fast track and could be done in a year, but would deny the U.S. a future seat at the table, locking the country out of future climate talks. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the the agreement.

Musk's warning carries particular weight because he's become one of the Trump White House's go-to tech industry executives.

Tillerson has argued for keeping the the Paris accord, as has the company he previously headed, ExxonMobil.

It's official: After months and months of waiting, of lunging back and forth from pro- to anti-, President Trump will take America out of the Paris agreement.

At a press briefing at the White House, Mr Trump said t he U.S. would end the implementation of its voluntary commitments under the Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025 compared with 2005 levels, and its contribution to climate finance.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening U.S. industry. Like his boss, Pruitt has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that the Earth is warming and that man-made climate emissions are to blame.

A letter signed by 25 major US firms is running as a full-page ad in Washington, D.C., newspapers on Thursday, part of a last-ditch effort to convince Trump that sticking with the agreement would be better for the economy.

According to the Washington Post, "more than 190 nations agreed to the accord in December 2015 in Paris, and 147 have since formally ratified or otherwise joined it, including the United States-representing more than 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions".

And reports of the impending move triggered statements of support for the climate accord from scores of world leaders.

States such as California have already pledged to continue action to cut their emissions regardless of what the president does.

U.S. oil and gas firms Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips urged Trump to stay in the Paris club so that he could shape its future actions.

Trump also claimed that the Green Energy fund - one created to help developing nations make the transition to clean energy grids - was a fraudulent fund and one that America will no longer pay into.

"The states of the United States, where so numerous important decisions on emissions are taken, have already made a huge amount of progress and that progress will continue", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman