President Trump to announce withdrawal from Paris climate accord

The statement, which was released as Trump was speaking from the White House Rose Garden, was a rare rebuke from the former president, who has largely avoided criticizing his successor.

Mr Trump promised on the campaign trail to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, which was negotiated for heavily by former President Barack Obama.

"But begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction". But Trump's statement was clear and direct. The United States now joins Nicaragua and Syria in dissent.

However, CNN quoted US officials speaking on condition of anonymity as saying that Trump's position on the Paris Accord could still change until he makes his decision public. "That is why President Trump is committing a mistake with dramatic and fatal consequences", Anne Hidalgo said.

But administration officials, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, have organized a steady stream of outreach in recent weeks from conservative activists who said they would not accept any result other than total withdrawal from the deal.

Trump's reportedly pulling the United States of America out of the pledge to stop global warming, a decision that has left stars like Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo absolutely furious.

China, the world's largest greenhouse gas polluter, would likely take the leadership role. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.

The three leaders tried to convince Trump last week at a Group of Seven summit to stay in the pact and honour US commitments undertaken by the previous administration.

Worldwide leaders had pressed Trump not to abandon the accord.

At their meeting last month, the pope gave Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter calling for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.

France, Germany and Italy have said the climate deal can not be renegotiated.

Nations voluntarily committed to steps aimed at curbing global emissions of greenhouse gases under the accord.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

One expert group found America would add as much as half a degree to the global temperature by the end of century much even if other nations met their targets.

They warned that US withdrawal from the deal could speed up the effects of global climate change, worsening heat waves, floods, droughts and storms.

A joint statement from Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and new French President Emmanuel Macron expressed no appetite for renegotiating the accord, calling it a "vital instrument" and "irreversible".

"They're going to withdraw USA participation in the treaty".

  • Larry Hoffman