Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Trump said in a recent tweet that he was getting ready to make his "final decision" on whether the the us stays in or leaves the 2015 deal, in which almost every nation agreed to curb its greenhouse gas emissions.

At a summit meeting of the G7 group of leading economies over the weekend, Mr Trump refused to join the other six leaders in pledging to implement the Paris accord and said he would announce the USA position this week.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday only that an announcement on the decision could come soon.

Governments around the world expressed concern over the reports.

"What you're asking me to do is tell you what's inside the president's mind, and I'm not qualified to do that", a seemingly frustrated Cohn told reporters. In the case of China, that the US would so willingly give up its leadership position in the agreement is an enticing prospect.

This is not the first time that the United States went back on a previously signed climate pact. He calls the expected withdrawal "a big setback". "Then, we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop", Sipila said.

Shortly after the news broke Wednesday, the United Nations official account tweeted a note from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres: "Climate change is undeniable".

"It also makes the USA an outlier among the world's nations, almost all of whom support the climate change accord", it said.

"Despite this possible rollback of the U.S. administration, Europe is ready for the leadership (on climate change) and we will definitely provide it", he added.

"If they decide to pull out it would be disappointing but I really do not think this would change the course of mankind", said European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic.

He added: "The world is in a mess".

What happens if the USA pulls out of the Paris Agreement?

For all its symbolic importance, the decision may have little practical effect on US carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, influential Republican senator Ted Cruz urged the U.S. president to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

A source told Reuters that India had also indicated it would stick by the deal.

The group said the US was "reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus". It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with all the signatory states agreeing to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

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


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