U.S. is pulling out of Paris climate change accord

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.

"The Accord", the document went on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation". That reentry would depend on getting a fairer deal for American workers, he said.

"At what point do they start laughing at us?" Former Secretary of State John Kerry calls Trump's decision "an irresponsible walking back of American leadership".

Syria and Nicaragua are the only countries in the United Nations group that are not signatories. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States".

Although details and the timeframe are still unclear, Trump argued that the agreement was a bad deal for Americans and that he was keeping a campaign promise to put American workers first.

"I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh", Trump said, "not Paris".

In triggering the official withdrawal procedures, Trump has sparked a lengthy process that won't conclude until November 2020 - the same month he's up for reelection, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next presidential contest.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement. Every year lost to inaction is time we - our children, our grandchildren, and our planet - will never get back. If we can, great.

"We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals", the three leaders said.

In a statement the White House said in addition to Trudeau, Trump also spoke with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain on Thursday. The UN body that facilitated the deal said it "cannot be renegotiated based on the request of a single party".

Mr Trump had vowed to cancel the Paris accord within 100 days of becoming president on 20 January.

Musk said on Wednesday that he had done "all I can" to convince Trump to stay in the accord, and threatened to leave presidential advisory councils if Trump announced a USA exit.

Trump said his announcement would end the implementation of carbon reduction targets set under Obama, which aimed to reduce emissions by 26-28% in a decade. Trump has even dubbed climate change as a hoax.

Not everyone is joining Leonardo DiCaprio in being angry with Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told German chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this week India will stay in the accord, irrespective of what the United States does.

A spokesman for Peabody said the company would support a decision by Trump to withdraw from the Paris deal because the "accord is flawed on a number of levels".

But a person familiar with Trump's thinking said the President was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking his out of it.

"It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues", Dujarric added.

Ahead of Trump's expected announcement on Thursday, Prof.

Leonardo DiCaprio has always been a strong advocate for the environment, and today the star took to Twitter to voice his disapproval over Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate accord in a pair of tweets focusing on the president's decision.

The show-like atmosphere was fueled by the presence of a jazz band, which performed a series of numbers before Trump emerged from the Oval Office to deliver his statement.

  • Carolyn Briggs