White House informing allies Trump will abandon climate pact

During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the USA economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.

On Wednesday, global figures began reiterating their own commitment to the Paris deal as Trump prepared to withdraw.

Musk said: "I've done all I can to advise directly" to Trump and through others in the White House.

In a statement backed by all 28 EU states, the European Union and China will commit to full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, EU and Chinese officials said.

The decision comes at time of growing domestic crisis for the president with the federal and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in USA elections and allegations of collusion by Trump campaign aides reaching his inner circle.

A U.S. news media outlet, Axios, said earlier on Wednesday that Trump was pulling out the Environment Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and his team, it added, were working on the modalities of the withdrawal.

That's according to multiple congressional officials and others briefed by the White House on the decision.

Obama is defending the deal that his administration painstakingly negotiated.

Thursday will mark his 100 days in office and he will make the announcement at a rally, which will be at 12:30 am on Friday in India.

Five Nordic countries wrote a last-minute letter to President Donald Trump urging him to "make the right decision" and keep America signed onto the Paris climate accord. The move would isolate the United States in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet, and leave an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.

They, along with other hard-line conservatives, have sought to convince Trump that meeting the terms of the agreement would be harmful to the bottom lines of US businesses and would jeopardize manufacturing jobs, especially in the Midwest and other regions where Trump found deep support in last year's election.

Schellnhuber says he thinks that other countries would not follow the United States out of the accord, and instead are likely to keep on pushing to cut their emissions, meaning they may be able to offset the United States' departure from the agreement.

The letter is signed "Your Nordic Friends" and urges Trump "to show global leadership - and to make the right decision". Chinese premier Li Keqiang, visiting Germany, said his country would remain committed to combating climate change, despite U.S. moves.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and there is no alternative to it.

Trump, a global warming sceptic, has been critical of the accord saying it would be harmful for America's manufacturing and that other nations such as India, China and Russian Federation were not doing enough for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Merkel met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and they pledged to continue fighting climate change.

And during his recent foreign tour, officials said he opposed the accord arguing that by implementing the self-determined mitigation goal the USA would severely impair its manufacturing, leaving it less competitive than India and China.

At a rally in April, he criticised global agreements that need the USA to do and pay more and called the Paris deal "one-sided" in which "the United States pays billions while China, Russia and India have contributed, and will contribute, nothing".

Abandoning the Paris pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to abandon the Paris climate accord Thursday. The U.S.is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

As expected, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the accord on Thursday in the Rose Garden, saying it was costing the country a "fortune" and that he would try to negotiate a fairer deal for American workers.

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. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

Abandoning the pact was one of Trump's principal campaign pledges, but America's allies have expressed alarm about the likely consequences.

A White House official, who was not identified, told The Associated Press that there might be "caveats in the language" the president uses to withdraw from the agreement, "leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final".

  • Carolyn Briggs