We'll always have Paris: Trump should keep his promise
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 5:35
Guterres said countries can either "get on board or get left behind" when it comes to taking action on global warming because they will miss out on new economic opportunities from greener industries.
"The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the U.S. pulls out".
Mr Trump is meeting secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who has favoured remaining in the deal, while chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, and senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the U.S. emissions targets can be changed.
"Today, the economy and social aspects are linked to the environmental aspects, but they are also linked to the security aspects, they are linked to the risks of conflict", said Guterres.
According to the Associated Press's findings, calculations show that up to 3 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide could be in the air within a year - enough to melt Arctic ice faster, raise sea levels, and trigger more severe weather.
The U.S.is the second-largest emitter, contributing about 15 per cent, followed by the European Union, responsible for about 10 per cent.
Since the Paris deal is not a treaty, the U.S.is under no obligation to stay in it. President Donald Trump unequivocally promised to withdraw from the deal if elected. He tweeted over the weekend that he would make a decision "next week".
He said solar power grew 50 percent a year ago, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries".
Trump came under pressure on Wednesday from corporate CEOs, U.S. allies, Democrats and some fellow Republicans to keep the United States in the accord.
News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.
The withdraw fulfills a campaign promise, despite businesses such as ExxonMobil objecting to the decision.
Trump had vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster U.S. oil and coal industries. "Clime action is unstoppable".
Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has discussed the possibility of changing the US carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.
Mr Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views were "evolving".