Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks past saluting cadets as he arrives for commencement ceremonies at the United States Military Ac

Paris Agreement provides for enhanced support to assist developing countries deal with climate change and adapt to global warming, charting a "new course in the global climate effort", says UNFCC. An overwhelming majority of scientists, however, say climate change is driven by human use of fossil fuels. If the United States withdraws, it will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement. For him, a withdrawal might be a way of making good on his pledge to put "America First", ahead of global obligations negotiated by his predecessors.

The Associated Press and other national news outlets, citing unnamed administration officials, reported that a decision had been made to withdraw the USA from the 2015 agreement that includes nearly 200 nations, including the United States. Trump has changed his mind on large decisions before, even after previously signaling a move in the opposite direction.

The pact is the first legally binding global deal to fight climate change.

"We have explained to [President] Trump in Taormina it wouldn't be good for the world and the USA if the USA took a step back from the world stage because vacuum will be replaced and the Chinese are pushing to take over the lead", he said.

In signing onto the accord, countries pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but were given wide leeway in how much they planned to reduce them by.

At present, U.S. is the second-largest carbon polluter of the world.

What does the USA have to do? The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 per cent to 28 per cent of 2005 levels - about 1.6 billion tons.

So was opposition from environmental groups, as expected.

President Donald Trump has declared that abandoning the Paris climate agreement would be a victory for the American economy.

Trump said that he will announce his decision on Thursday in a tweet.

In the past few days, the chief executives of dozens of companies have made last-minute appeals to Trump.

The letter follows Tesla CEO Elon Musk's suggestion that he would quit his advisory role on a White House business council if Mr Trump chose to exit the deal. Business leaders, including others in technology, have urged Trump to reconsider.

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On the USA side, Obama transferred $1 billion out of an initial $3 billion commitment to the United Nations Green Climate Fund before leaving office.

"China will continue to implement the promises made in the Paris accord".

New Mexico's two USA senators - Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich - both supported the US joining the Paris Agreement in 2015, and both senators said Tuesday that they would strongly oppose Trump's decision to withdraw from it.

China overtook the U.S. as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.

"China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters, on condition of anonymity. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police U.S. carbon emissions.

The possibility Mr Trump - who has previously described climate change as a hoax by the Chinese - could pull out within days was labelled disastrous and as putting the United States on "the wrong side of history" in some quarters.

"China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", said Li, speaking in Berlin Wednesday.

Several Democrats have spoken out against the "misguided" step saying it could potentially damage not only the environment, but also the economy. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.

So who is pushing for Trump to have the US pull out of the deal?

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, favors staying in, the official said, and has sought to ensure her father heard all sides in the debate.

Once in power, President 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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