Leaving Paris accord will harm USA global influence — United Nations leader

Top White House aides have been divided, and Trump's decision may not be entirely clear-cut. But Trump's statement was clear and direct.

CBS News confirmed the report, saying Trump had told allies he would be pulling out of the deal. On Saturday, he announced on Twitter that he would make a final decision this week after completing his first summit with the Group of 7 most industrialized nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

By withdrawing the United States from the climate deal, he fulfilled his major campaign promise and overturned the major foreign policy accomplishment of his predecessor Barack Obama.

United Nations chief vowed to mobilise governments, the energy industry, investors and civil society. But he said in response to a question afterward that the United Nations believes "it would be important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement". "If we can't, that's fine", he said. "Get on board or get left behind", he said.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the US for agreeing to the terms".

NEW YORK ― If the United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement, rivals such as China, Russia and Iran will fill the void left in the clean energy economy and climate action, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump is "choosing to put American jobs and American consumers first" with his announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris accord.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in.

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.

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "This put the United States of America to a very very big economic disadvantage", he said, adding that as a result of the deal, the U.S. would not be able to compete with other countries in the world.

The EU official involved in organizing the EU-China meeting said it would will "send important signals for the multinational system", as Trump moves to unpick some of the global trade agreements the USA has signed up to.

The United States is among the 147 countries and parties that have ratified the agreement but President Donald Trump has voiced concerns that the deal signed by the previous U.S. administration could harm the USA economy.

The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

But that is an even more radical move, which would further withdraw the United States from all global climate change negotiations.

One emerging strategy involved rejecting the non-binding 26-28% emissions cut below 2005 levels president Barack Obama promised by 2025 through a Senate vote while remaining in the broader Paris framework.

Many in conservative circles outside the White House are still in wait-and-see mode.

Guterres said addressing climate change was an economic necessity and highlighted the threat climate change posed to national security, noting that more than 24 million people in 118 countries were displaced by natural disasters in 2016, which is three times as many people as were displaced by conflict.

President Trump met Tuesday with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ahead of a decision on whether the USA will withdraw from the global pact aimed at slowing climate change.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

Can we afford to tackle climate change? Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently cancelling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

  • Leroy Wright