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Donald Trump poised to pull USA out of Paris climate change deal

02 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for "caveats in the language" related to the exit and had not made a final decision.

He said he will make the announcement by 3 p.m. (12:30 a.m. IST).

Speculation mounted Wednesday that President Donald Trump would pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that Trump is "on the wrong side of history" and that he hoped the president's stance on global warming would be short-lived. The CEO of SpaceX, Musk has said further delay in adopting policies to mitigate climate change would cause more "destruction than all the wars in history combined".

Mr Trump refused to endorse the Paris agreement during a G7 summit last week, saying he needed more time to decide.

The matter has deeply divided the Trump administration.

"Countries are making decisions in that forum that affect the interests of the United States, and if you're not even there to defend those interests, then you're not fulfilling your duties to the American people", says Bodnar, now the managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute. "This is what I experienced in the last few days".

The summit in Brussels could mark a dramatic shift in global politics, with the European Union taking over from the United States in working with China to fight climate change.

The US administration under Trump - who once called climate change a "hoax" - has resisted intense pressure from US partners to commit to respecting the global accord. A March Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that 50 percent of Republicans agreed that the USA should lead the global fight against climate change, while 37 percent disagreed and 13 percent were unsure.

The Democratic governor hopes to build support for carbon policies that have found resistance in Washington under President Donald Trump.

He added he would have "no choice" but to depart Trump's advisory councils if the U.S. pulled out of the climate deal.

A recent study of the coal industry by the Centre on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in the U.S. points out that the country's coal consumption fell 20 per cent between 2011 and 2015, with three out of four of its biggest coal companies filing for bankruptcy over the past two years.

And during his recent foreign tour, officials said he opposed the accord arguing that by implementing the self-determined mitigation goal the USA would severely impair its manufacturing, leaving it less competitive than India and China.

Trump's EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt and White House senior advisor Stephen K. Bannon urged the president to keep his campaign promise to kill the agreement and put American energy and job growth first.

The EU-China summit follows a tense worldwide tour by US President Donald Trump in which he spurned pleas by his European counterparts to adhere to the deal.

Musk has taken heat for sitting on a presidential business advisory team and being involved in a US manufacturing-jobs initiative.

"I think we could help on the technical verification side", said Shirk, who oversaw USA policy toward China at the State Department during the Clinton administration.

In January and early February, for example, sources identified only as being "close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump" told Politico that the couple had worked to ensure Obama-era protections for LGBTQ workers remained untouched by the Trump administration.

Donald Trump poised to pull USA out of Paris climate change deal