White House says Trump expected to pull US from Paris climate accord

White House says Trump expected to pull US from Paris climate accord

White House says Trump expected to pull US from Paris climate accord

The insider spoke with an Associated Press reporter on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S.in the pact.

According to a fresh scoop from Axios, President Donald Trump is planning to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Fox News also cited an unidentified source confirming the withdrawal.

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for 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.

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The Paris Climate Accord (aka Paris Agreement or Paris Accord), enacted November 4, 2016 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aims to keep Earth's temperature below 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels, invest $100 billion a year to deal with the effects of climate change, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The "stay-in" camp, which included Mr. Trump's daughter Ivanka, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, had argued the United States could reduce its voluntary emission-cuts targets while still keeping a voice within the accord. Nicaragua and Syria are the only other nations that opted not to support the deal that's also seen as one of former President Barack Obama's most important achievements.

The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter, after China.

This continues the president's trend of reversing most, if not all, of Obama's major accomplishments, and drawing the US further down the rabbit hole of the conservative agenda.

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.

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"But even if the government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for USA society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged", he said.

According to the outlet, environment protection agency administrator Scott Pruitt and his team were working on the withdrawal details.

However, multiple media reports claim Trump already has made a decision to pull out of the agreement, which includes 195 signatories pledging to keep global temperatures at 35.6 F above pre-industrial levels and eventually move to keep them below 34.7 F.

"So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming", said Guterres in the address at New York University.

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