Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Trump expected to pull United States from Paris deal: White House

Trump expected to pull United States from Paris deal: White House

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this photo taken May 30, 2016, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks in San Francisco.

A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. If the US does leave, he said, the Europe Union should seek ways to balance out the economic advantage that USA companies might have from the absence of climate regulations.

Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", he said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

The Paris Agreement was in part brokered by Obama and was seen as a major breakthrough after the previous accord, the Kyoto protocol, failed to include the United States and China, the world's two biggest polluters.

"It's a voluntary agreement".

Juncker said: "If the USA president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works". "If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine".

"Once China's development reaches a certain level, it has to move to a sustainable model, that means we have to push green development", he said.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he will announce his decision on the Paris deal "over the next few days" as he faces intense pressure from the deal's supporters and detractors.

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Under the Paris accord, President Barack Obama pledged that the United States would strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent below its 2005 levels by 2025.

Graham told CNN this week Trump should not withdraw from the agreement, but instead "make it a better deal".

A Republican congressman from MI said at a town hall meeting on Friday that God will "take care" of climate change if there's ever a "real problem".

The president's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, along with more than 20 Republican senators, said they want the get out of the agreement. That requires the same one-year notice, but there's no waiting period.

Leaders in Europe and China also blasted Trump's potential action Wednesday, claiming that it would take years for the United States to formally withdraw from the accord.

"The already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it read. The decision drew immediately backlash from climate activists and many business leaders.

The uncertain future of US involvement in the accord pushed even big oil companies like Shell and Exxon, as well as tech companies large and small, to make an appeal to the Trump administration not to back out of the agreement.

The Chinese government canceled construction of more than 100 new coal-fired power plants earlier this year, announcing plans to invest at least $360 billion in green-energy projects by 2020. Aides have been deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

So was opposition from environmental groups, as expected.

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