What to know about the Paris Agreement, possible US withdrawal

"And so my argument today is that it is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement, and that we fulfill that duty with increased ambition", Guterres said during his prepared address.

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. "Very bad for U.S. This will change". "Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement", read a portion of the letter, Axios reported. McKenna said she wouldn't speculate on President Donald Trump's decision but added that there are economic opportunities that come with the agreement in addition to long-term benefits for the environment. "If we can't, that's fine".

Even if Trump withdraws, Guterres said, "it's very important for US society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged".

In addition to blaming China for "hurting our air", Trump also previously tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared he was pulling the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat global warming and distancing the country from its closest allies overseas.

Trump's top environmental official, Scott Pruitt, who heads the Environmental Protection Agency, has called the Paris agreement a "bad deal" and is one of the strongest advocates of ending USA participation in the pact.

Holthaus pointed out that even North Korea signed onto the Paris Climate Accord, highlighting how out-of-touch pulling out makes the United States seem to the rest of the world.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama enacted the deal without U.S. Senate ratification. Juncker says, "This notion, 'I am Trump, I am American, America first and I am getting out, ' that is not going to happen".

"Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and risky actions ever taken by any president", said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune in a statement.

Pence praised Trump's leadership and said Trump is "is choosing to put the forgotten men and women of America first". Big business has been lobbying the president for weeks to acknowledge the wisdom of using the fight against climate change to assert leadership on clean technologies and promote expansion of green energy jobs. "Anything that we do that works to curtail global warming is an economic plus". Pruitt met with Trump on Tuesday ahead of the president's upcoming decision, a fact that made climate advocates particularly nervous. Peskov said Russian Federation has yet to see what announcement Trump makes. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout.

She has been joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has said withdrawing from the agreement could harm USA negotiating power. The administration has also sought to reverse Obama-era policies meant to reduce USA carbon emissions, such as an electricity plan that would have nudged dirty coal out of the electricity mix.

France's ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, said on Twitter that the Paris agreement "doesn't infringe on US sovereignty" and noted that major American corporations had supported the deal.

Senior adviser Steve Bannon, who wants Trump to focus on actions that will rev up his conservative political base, has long opposed the Paris accord.

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned on Tuesday that if the USA exits the Paris climate agreement, there could be negative economic, security and societal consequences for the country.

He is due to decide the United States stance soon.

Calculations suggest it could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year, according to more than two dozen scientists who consulted with The Associated Press.

Michael Brune says future generations will look with "stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality".

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday (27 May), saying he needed more time to decide.

Since taking office, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines.

News of President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the United States from a global climate deal has led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations.

  • Zachary Reyes