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Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal

02 Juin 2017

Trump is expected to pull the USA from the pact, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.

In statements prior to Trump's official announcement, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and Russian Federation all reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Accord and slowing climate change.

Donald Trump tweeted: "I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday".

Trump would have several options, including triggering a years-long withdrawal process or taking the more drastic step of removing the USA from the United Nations climate treaty.

But her father's Paris climate accord pullout proves what Oliver also argued - Ivanka's influence and power can not combat concerns about the president. Still, he said he remains confident that despite the withdrawal of the U.S., "states, cities, and businesses will step up".

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a physicist who founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said that the United States departing from the deal could make the planet a few tenths of a degree Celsius warmer, based on the assumption that the world carries ahead with its plans while the United States keeps on emitting greenhouse gases as usual. Under the agreement, former President Barack Obama had pledged to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025.

The agreement itself, negotiated in late December 2015 and championed by the Obama administration, presents a rare case of near-total global unanimity.

Donald Trump looks set to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, the world's first comprehensive treaty on climate change. But make no mistake: "if President Trump won't lead, the American people will", he said.

Other European leaders were more explicit in expressing their fears that the USA government may abandon global measures against climate change.

With falling prices of clean technology, some analysts say the switch to a low carbon world is already unstoppable, and countries which fail to take advantage of the shift will lose out.

Trump tapped into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president previous year, saying, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

In the end, anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, won out, and Trump's remarks Thursday reflected the nationalist viewpoints espoused by Bannon and his cohorts.

"Climate change is a global challenge".

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently called the White House to urge the president to remain in the deal. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said.

The sure-to-be polarizing decision fulfills a campaign promise for Trump. Trump appeared unswayed and a communique coming out of the meeting pointedly failed to include the US among G7 countries backing the agreement.

US President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to pull the US out of the Paris agreement on climate change today.

Major U.S. allies, business leaders and even the Pope had urged the remain in the deal.

There are only two other countries that rejected the Paris Agreement: Nicaragua and Syria.

Walmart says global cooperation "is a laudable and necessary goal". While characterized as "legally-binding" under global law, there are no sanctions for governments that flout the goals to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. USA rivals, including China, are conducting vigorous climate research projects that support their economic and military investments and expand their influence worldwide.

Former Presiden Barack Obama during his final news conference.

"It does have broader implications when it comes to climate change in general, but it also means that the United States is increasingly growing into an isolationist position", Gregory Daco, the chief USA economist at Oxford Economist, told Business Insider ahead of the announcement. This is a gift to the Chinese and the Russians and other ascendant nations who will eagerly fill this leadership void.

While some see the fear of retaliation as a stronger, if less quantifiable, economic case around the Paris agreement than hard estimates, numbers on GDP and jobs have gotten much of the attention.

In triggering the official withdrawal procedures, Trump has sparked a lengthy process that won't conclude until November 2020 - the same month he's up for reelection, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next presidential contest.

"No one should be left behind, but the European Union and China have made a decision to move forward", the statement said.

But he was withering in his criticism of the pact, which he cast as a humiliating defeat for American workers that unfairly advantaged foreign countries.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in.

"Trump is having the US pull out of the Paris Climate Accord", Takei wrote.

Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal