Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump to pull US from global climate deal, official says


It also would threaten a $100 billion-a-year stream of funds that industrial nations have pledged to persuade developing nations to cut back their own emissions, endangering the political foundations of the global fight against climate change.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) and Spain's Mariano Rajoy (mah-ree-AH'-noh rah-HOY') made the comments in a joint statement following talks in Madrid.

Trump is expected to make an announcement on it this week. He said the USA would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favorable terms.

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change.

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

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who met with Trump on Tuesday, has overtly advocated quitting a deal he judges "bad" for America.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

She's criticizing what she says are "destructive and short-sighted" decisions by the Trump administration.

Longer term, the impact of a USA withdraw depends on how other countries and investors respond.

"If this is true, it is a big setback". A Danish lawmaker from a small, center green party says, "it resembles a crime against humanity and future generations".

The governor, who came to describe the climate change as deceptive, and in the election campaign criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama (2009-2017) for worrying too much about greenhouse gas emissions, pledged to exclude his country from the agreement once in power.

In a jibe at the USA administration, Juncker told the audience at an event of the Confederation of German Employers in Berlin that "not everything that is written in global agreements is fake news".

The president's movement would represent the second time in two decades that the United States negotiates, signs and then rejects an important worldwide climate pact because of a change of power in the presidency.

He also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth.

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The Agreement called on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.

"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.

The decision to withdraw from the climate accord was influenced by a letter from 22 Republican US senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for an exit, Axios reported.

In announcing his decision, Trump said he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

"China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

"And as soon as possible, President Trump should act on - and keep - his campaign promise".

Donald Trump wasn't exaggerating when he said during his election campaign that the US could "cancel" the Paris Accord on climate change.

However, Trump declared, emphasizing every word: "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord".

On Twitter, Trump teased the announcement of his decision as imminent this week.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the pope.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to pull the US out of the deal.

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