Trump expected to withdraw from global climate agreement

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 1, 2017

Guterres told the NYU audience that he would "intensify high-level political engagement to raise the bar on climate action", a message that should give Trump pause before making any firm decision on whether to stay party to the Paris accord.

As the US flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world's other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The landmark agreement, made between almost 200 countries who committed to combatting global warming, was led by former president Barack Obama and signed in December 2015.

But in conversations over the past week, Trump has made clear he plans to fulfill his campaign promises to withdraw.

Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views "are evolving". For the Republican president, a withdrawal would reflect his "America First" approach to policy, unencumbered by worldwide obligations.

"I think there is a general sense that it would be better for the be part of the discussions and to be at the table, but that's a decision for the United States to make", she said. Some customers even canceled their $1,000 reservations for Tesla's upcoming Model 3 electric auto and posted their refunds on Twitter.

UN Secretary General António Guterres recently called US participation in the Paris climate agreement as being "essential" - which, to some degree, is true.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Trump was leaning toward an exit from the deal, fulfilling a major campaign promise for the president and making the US the first country to scrap the agreement. It could have sweeping implications for the deal, which relies heavily on the commitment of big polluter nations to reduce emissions of gases scientists blame for sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

The one of the world's top offenders when it comes to Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use and other industrial processes. Under the pact, the United States committed to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Environmental groups criticized the planned withdrawal.

China, though, signed onto the Paris agreement in 2016 and the President has tried to back away from his criticism of China on global warming and even flatly - and inaccurately - denied that he ever said it. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change. Musk said he would stop advising Trump if the president pulls the United States out of the global pact. Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp [MUYEY.UL], an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw. The agreement was signed by former Secretary of State John Kerry on Earth Day, April 22, 2016 on the USA behalf. Again, Musk noted that he's not sure which way Trump will ultimately swing, but his statement of intent about what will happen if the US pulls out is pretty straightforward.

"There is a much stronger expectation from our partners across the world, from Africa, Asia and China, that Europe should assume leadership in this effort and we are ready to do that", Sefcovic added.

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

President Trump with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk during the G-7 summit last week, where Trump refused to support the Paris deal.

As reports poured in Wednesday that Donald Trump is set to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, Musk was getting more pressure to cut his ties to the president.

After taking office, however, Mr Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry.

He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.

A senior White House official told ABC News that the President is poised to drop out of the Paris climate accord. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, has come to the view that the standards set out in the agreement did not work for the USA economy and the question was whether to try to change those standards within the agreement or pull out, another senior administration official said.

Ivanka Trump's preference was to stay, but she made it a priority to establish a review process so her father heard from all sides of the debate, said a senior administration official.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has discussed the possibility of changing the USA carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.

In Madrid, the leaders of India and Spain expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implanting the Kyoto and Paris accords. What's more, over the haul, climate change itself threatens to impose huge costs on the economy.

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