What would the United States leaving the Paris climate deal look like?

But he drew the line at the possibility that Trump will abandon the Paris climate-change agreement, which President Obama's administration endorsed as a key step toward combating the global threat of rising temperatures. "Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details".

"Countries are making decisions in that forum that affect the interests of the United States, and if you're not even there to defend those interests, then you're not fulfilling your duties to the American people", says Bodnar, now the managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Musk indicated that he had been trying to persuade Trump to remain part of the climate agreement.

President Trump repeatedly lamented the agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the campaign trail.

Pulling out of the agreement puts the U.S.in bed with Russian Federation as the only two industrialized economies rejecting the accord. The official, who is involved in preparing the meeting between European Union officials and China's premier, was not authorized to speak publicly and discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because the meeting statement was not finalized.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

He could unilaterally withdraw from the Paris agreement without any action by Congress. The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels - about 1.6 billion tons.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, also a Democrat, called global warming the moral issue of the times and said by withdrawing from the accord, Trump would be dragging the country backward. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable". Its shares were down more than 4 percent to $3.27.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said a US presence in the Paris negotiations until 2020 would be "the most negative thing. they would still be allowed to vote in the room". This is something that has been iterated by Gary Cohn, chief White House economic adviser, who told reporters that Trump's climate change views were "evolving" after meeting with European leaders.

Still, Cohn said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the US economic growth", and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

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 USA coal mines. Supporters of the deal say it's not an either-or choice.

  • Zachary Reyes