Trump to pull out of climate deal

Germany and China vowed on Thursday to expand their partnership, pledging to continue to fight climate change hours before US President Donald Trump announces whether Washington will quit a global climate deal. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

In announcing his decision, Trump said he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change, Guterres said the effects of climate change were unsafe and they were accelerating. But the city and county have a number of alternative uses for coal moving forward, a nod to the demand for clean energy sources in an evolving electricity market.

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. A spokesman wasn't available to comment on the recent rumors of a pullout by press time.

Peabody Energy's official stance is that the Paris agreement is flawed and should be amended at the least.

"The U.S. traditionally has been an absolute leader on the climate agenda, certainly in the last eight years, and if they do pull out we'll have to see what other countries are prepared to step up on a leadership position on this", he said.

In his first major address on climate, Mr Guterres said the world must fulfill the commitments of the 2015 agreement "with increased ambition".

Germany is the first stop for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on a European tour that comes amid growing concern in Germany over some of Trump's policies, especially on climate change and protectionism.

"As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change puts it: "Human influence on the climate system is clear".

Wyoming's unofficial stance on climate science is one of pragmatism. Other countries would have to make up the difference, with the likeliest candidates being China - the world's top emitter - or India, a nation expected to experience some of the fastest emissions growth in coming decades.

The state's reliance on a stable coal sector has pushed the politics of climate science aside in favor of a practical approach. "We can not phase out fossil fuels overnight".

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. Like other conservatives, the senator argues that the deal was reached illegally, without congressional approval.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had urged Trump to stay in the Paris deal, did not attend the ceremony, nor did Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, both close advisers to the president who supported staying in the agreement.

The agreement itself includes pillars that involve American data, including material from NASA and other USA federal departments, and if the US walks away Vaughan said there will be gaps to fill.

Climate Interactive, a team of scientists and computer modelers who track global emissions and pledges, simulated global emissions if every country but the US reaches their individualized goals to curb carbon pollution. The two policies worked in tandem.

Ending weeks of speculation, some of it fueled by Trump himself and his Cabinet members, he said, "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord". Spokesman Max D'Onofrio pointed out that the stay-in camp is not industrywide. The National Mining Association board voted overwhelmingly against staying in the Paris accord in April, he said.

In an attempt to understand what could happen to the planet if the US pulls out of the Paris Accord, the Associated Press consulted with more than two dozen climate scientists and analyzed a special computer model scenario created to calculate potential effects.

"I hope they decide in the right way", said Italy's prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

Now the not part of that group.

"The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match", Guterres said. "The changes are so subtle. No United States presidential administration was ever going to honor the agreement because it couldn't be honored".

Almost 200 nations, including the United States and Australia, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that the USA withdrawal won't prevent the rest of the world from pressing ahead with efforts to curb global warming.

  • Larry Hoffman