Canada still committed to Paris accord, as U.S. flirts with fleeing

Canada still committed to Paris accord, as U.S. flirts with fleeing

Canada still committed to Paris accord, as U.S. flirts with fleeing

Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas.

"I strongly encourage the president to remain in the Paris climate accord", Buchanan said in a statement.

He tweeted over the weekend that he would make a decision "next week".

The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed.

At a speech delivered at New York University, Guterres delivered his first public remarks on climate change, focusing on the agreement 147 parties, including the United States, have signed to reduce global carbon emissions.

That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.

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A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Trump did, and would spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to withdraw the USA from the pact immediately after taking office, but had wavered on the issue since winning the election. The decision has no direct impact on major USA regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.

In television interviews the morning after Trump's announcement, Vice President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, defended Trump's decision as a reassertion of America's sovereignty.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is "absolutely essential" that the world unite to combat the threat from climate change, APA reports quoting BBC.

While a 2-degree shift wouldn't be noticeable during the course of a day, it would represent a historic change for the Earth as a whole that's faster than any change in the climate since the last ice age ended some 10,000 years ago. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable". She said the agreement "honors our collective moral responsibility to leave future generations with a planet that is clean, healthy and sustainable".

President Trump has previously dismissed global warming as a "hoax" created by China and has threatened to pull out of the Paris accord. Such an assertion stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

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White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters last week that Trump would prioritize economic growth over global warming if the two came into conflict. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the president met with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt as he mulls a decision on the climate agreement. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.

Sweden's United Nations ambassador says a US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement would be "a disappointment to the rest of the world" and would hurt American interests.

Juncker, who was among the leaders Trump met with last week, suggests the US president thinks he can withdraw from the pact immediately, but notes that it takes several years to pull out of new worldwide treaties.

There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

The Paris deal "really put an extraordinary burden on the economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing C02 emissions", Pence said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin urges 'joint work' with Trump on climate
Petersburg, that the cyber disrupters might have been Russians who made a decision to meddle simply on behalf of their country. Putin also ridiculed multiple USA intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the election, saying "No facts.

The statement follows speculation that President Donald Trump may soon announce USA withdrawal from the Paris global agreement of 2015 to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

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