Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

Mr Guterres made no direct mention of Mr Trump's wavering, but said: "If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course".

US President Donald Trump is likely to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate change agreement which was a major foreign policy legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama, media reports said on Wednesday.

Trump tweeted after he left the G-7 summit in Europe that he planned to make a decision on the Paris accord "this week", and he did not agree to sign a G-7 statement to uphold the climate agreements' carbon reduction commitments. He then tweeted that he would make an announcement this week. The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute. Several of his top aides also opposed the action, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

He was to meet later Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favoured remaining in the agreement.

Others say it could be worse because other countries might follow a USA exit, leading to more emissions from both the US and the rest.

The agreement itself includes pillars that involve American data, including material from NASA and other US federal departments, and if the USA walks away Vaughan said there will be gaps to fill.

"The journey from Paris is well underway", Guterres said.

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It very likely will take place in Canada, around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, which starts in New York City on September 12.

"In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect our citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord". Standing alongside Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, EU Council President Donald Tusk said Friday, "We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake".

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The White House says it has not yet reached a final decision on Paris, and hundreds of corporations and world leaders are lobbying the United States to stay in the pact.

"The issue of carbon dioxide and climate change is not going away, regardless of whether the president decides to pull out or modify", Deti said.

They agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Making his first address on climate since taking the United Nations helm five months ago, Guterres said it was "absolutely essential" that the world implements the 2015 agreement "with increased ambition". An overwhelming majority of scientists say humans' use of fossil fuels for energy is driving climate change. "Stepping up action will provide both sides with significant opportunities".

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

The upcoming decision is a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the US economy and Trump's energy agenda, and a defeat for moderates like Trump's daughter Ivanka, who feared that withdrawing would damage USA relations overseas.

Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.

Asked if Guterres was trying to send a message to Trump, his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said: "It was important for the secretary general to clearly lay out his vision for moving forward on confronting climate change, an overriding global challenge that we must all confront collectively". Supporters of the deal say it's not an either-or choice.

Word of Trump's expected decision came a day after the president met with Pruitt. The Earth is already about 1C warmer than it was at that time, scientists have determined, and current and near future emissions seem quite likely to take the planet past 1.5C in the coming decades.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.

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