Watch as President Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump will announce that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord. But he indicated that was hardly a priority. "If we can, that's great".

"Over the last two years we've broken the mean global temperatures records (every year) - 2014 was a new record, 2015 smashed that record and we beat that again in 2016", Simmonds said.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Reports swirled on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had chose to withdraw from the agreement, which President Barack Obama entered into in 2015 along with almost every country in the world in an effort to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

With US President Donald Trump reportedly ready to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, China has vowed its utmost support for the worldwide set of measures that many see as an important step in saving our planet from environmental disaster.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

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.

"Let's be clear, no one country can stop action on climate change, that the world is moving to a cleaner economy, that this is a huge economic opportunity", she said. 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.

Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment". "We are are going to clearly pursue our goals in Europe, but we also want to continue our strong role in helping, especially in the developing world".

"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. It just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries. In that Times report, experts expressed the belief that this withdrawal could breed mistrust among nations, causing others to be hesitant to strike deals with the U.S.

The immediate impact of Trump's move could be largely symbolic. He said the climate accord should be a treaty and should have been considered in the Senate during President Barack Obama's tenure. The decision has no direct impact on major US regulations on power plants and auto rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change.

The couple of dozen demonstrators at the US Embassy held banners saying "Trump: Climate Disaster" and "Trump Special Relationship?"

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

The decision was announced Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden.

But anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, appeared to win out. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

Ever since Trump took the oath of office, and especially because of the flurry of leaks and stories in the past couple of weeks, the widespread expectation has been that he would stick to his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement, which he labeled "a very bad deal" for the United States.

A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke.

The withdrawal process takes four years (so we'd withdraw around the time of the 2020 election). China is the top emitter of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and the United States is second.

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

So was opposition from environmental groups.

  • Carolyn Briggs