Trump abandoning global climate pact? Decision 'very soon'

Trump abandoning global climate pact? Decision 'very soon'

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in 2015, aims to cut emissions blamed for global warming.

8am European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that leaving the climate deal will be much harder than Donald Trump realises.

Still, he said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and said that, if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

But the future of American involvement in the 2015 accord now hangs in the balance, as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs whether to withdraw the United States from the global pact.

The accord aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from burning of fossil fuels.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons.

Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas.

Canada, the European Union, and China have said they will honor their commitments to the pact even if the United States withdraws. That's an ongoing debate inside the White House when it comes to the Paris Climate Agreement.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview on Sunday, assuring that Mr Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

EU officials say they will bring up the South China Sea in the talks on Friday, but they will be wary to avoid a repeat of last year's tense EU-China summit in Beijing, which failed to agree a joint statement because of the maritime issue.

Dozens of other companies have also supported the US involvement in the Paris agreement.

"Climate change is not a fairy tale".

"People die or are obliged to leave their homes because of desertification, lack of water, exposure to disease, extreme weather conditions. If we don't act swiftly and boldly, the huge human and economic cost will continue to increase".

But because the a major contributor to such emissions, a USA withdrawal from the agreement would hamper those goals.

Musk and other executives spoke out against Trump's immigration ban, only to have the administration push ahead with a plan to curb visitors from several predominantly-Muslim countries.

American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay.

But other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favour staying in the treaty.

Mr Trump repeatedly vowed during his election campaign he would pull the United States out of the TPP and the Paris accord.

China overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who Trump considered for secretary of state, said on Twitter that affirmation of the Paris agreement "is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader".

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.

At the time, Musk chose to stay involved, saying, "I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good".

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