President Trump to announce Paris climate deal decision

President Trump to announce Paris climate deal decision

President Trump to announce Paris climate deal decision

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to abandon the Paris climate accord Thursday afternoon USA time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT).

US President Donald Trump will reveal whether or not the United States will pull out of the Paris climate change agreement at 7am on Friday (NZ time).

A senior White House official said Wednesday that the president was expected to withdraw from the agreement, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions in an effort to curb global warming.

President Donald Trump can't simply refuse to sign the Paris climate deal, he must actively nullify it, says conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Administration sources told NBC News that Trump is leaning toward leaving the historic climate accord, but has not yet made a final decision.

The White House has declined to comment on those reports, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying only that Trump would make it clear in the "next few days".

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Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said a United States withdrawal would be a big setback, adding that "we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop". The pact became one of President Barack Obama's signature achievements.

The U.S.is the world's second largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

A report by InfluenceMap, a UK-based organisation which charts how corporations lobby on climate change and influence energy policy, says hundreds of billions of dollars of investments have been withdrawn from coal in recent years. And now, after Trump refused to ratify the Paris Accord at the disastrous G7 meeting in Italy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe could no longer trust the USA, adding that, "We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands".

A frustrated German Chancellor Angela Merkel later warned that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands", citing the differences with Washington on climate change as evidence of their divergent paths.

India is feeling the effects of climate change with rising temperature, water shortage and agricultural stress, Arunabha Ghosh, founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, an NGO, said. 195 countries - including the USA - adopted this first-ever universal climate deal in 2015 that sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid unsafe climate change.

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

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Goel made it clear that the government will not give its nod till the time "cross-border terrorism" does not stop. "As far as multi-lateral events are concerned, we have no control over those".

Both China and India have said they will honour their commitments regardless of the United States position.

"President Trump's decision sends a strong message to the environmentalist movement: no longer will the United States be strong armed by their scare tactics meant to harm our economy and inhibit economic growth", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, a conservative political action group, said in a statement.

The official told reporters that the European Union and China will also "spell out" how they plan to meet their commitments to the landmark worldwide accord to fight global warming at talks in Brussels on Friday.

His agency was responsible for numerous multilateral issues, including climate change and ozone depletion.

China says it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement on climate change even if the US pulls out.

If you think about how much solar and how much wind power we've created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.

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Twenty-two of 52 Senate Republicans urged Trump to leave the accord in a letter last week.

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