Donald Trump reportedly decides to pull out of Paris climate change agreement

Donald Trump reportedly decides to pull out of Paris climate change agreement

Donald Trump reportedly decides to pull out of Paris climate change agreement

Multiple media outlets, including NPR, report that an official Trump administration announcement on the climate accord is forthcoming, with some sources suggesting the president has already made a decision to sever the us commitment forged under his predecessor.

He had promised during his presidential campaign to pull the USA out of the deal. They said withdrawal would undermine USA credibility and its position as a global leader, empowering nations like China to drive the climate agenda and set worldwide standards while also reaping economic benefits from a growing clean energy sector. Business leaders, including others in technology, have urged Trump to reconsider.

Under Mr Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax", the country has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord.

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp, an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw. The first route could take almost four years, while the second could be accomplished in just one.

What is not yet clear is whether Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based. "If the U.S.is not part of that negotiation, that's a loss for the world".

President Xi Jinping of China, the world's largest greenhouse gas polluter, has promised that his country would move ahead with steps to curb climate change, regardless of what happens in the United States. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not". But now, they point out, the U.S.no longer has that excuse - perhaps becoming one of a small handful of countries not to support shared action on climate.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.

Former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, praised the deal during a trip to Europe this month.

A source briefed on the decision told Reuters that Trump has chose to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull the United States out of the Paris accord, a move created to help boost domestic energy production and speed economic growth, after weeks of deliberations on the issue.

A US pullout would be disappointing but the European Union stands ready to take global leadership on the issue, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in Brussels. "It would also be catastrophic in the battle against climate change". Last week, a senior administration official said Trump would use a speech in Brussels to make an explicit endorsement of NATO's Article 5 mutual defense provision, which states that an attack on one North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member is an attack on all. So if Trump withdrew the USA from the United Nations convention, rejoining under a future presidential administration could prove complicated.

Quitting the Paris Agreement would leave Trump in a legal grey zone until the next USA presidential election in 2020, retaining a vote as other nations work on detailed rules on issues such as how to monitor greenhouse gas emissions.

They note that the US used to use exemptions of developing nations such as China and India as a reason not to join similar worldwide agreements on greenhouse gas limitations. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.

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