Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal, reports say

G7 split on climate change Merkel ‘dissatisfied

G7 split on climate change Merkel ‘dissatisfied

Trump promised during the election to tear up the landmark Paris climate accord. Trump disagrees, thus the confrontation, owing to his correct belief that the climate deal would prove a barrier to economic growth.

In anunexpected announcement on Saturday, Trump who was ata summit of G7 leaders in Sicily, said he would later decide on whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

If the rest of the world followed Trump in this decision, reports Ben Sanderson from the National Center for Atmospheric Research to Bloomberg, there could be an additional "350 to 450 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere", and "the chances of meeting the United Nations target of staying well below 2 degrees of warming would drop to about 10 percent, from two-thirds now".

Another initative called "Business Backs Low-Carbon USA" has been making similar appeals since November 2016, when Trump was elected president.

Tillerson and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry had both advised against leaving the deal, sources said.

Several independent legal experts, as well as those who helped craft the Paris agreement, reject this view, pointing out that the edifice is built upon a series of voluntary non-binding goals submitted by countries.

More interesting here is that in their desperation to keep the the Paris fold, Merkel and others are implicitly saying that any agreement made among leading western European countries without the US isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The exasperation of European leaders suggested they are ready to move on with or without the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The countries voluntarily agreed to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and also make efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive the long-struggling US coal mines.

Judy Wakhungu, Kenya's cabinet secretary for environment and natural resources, said her government would be "very disappointed" by a US withdrawal and hoped it could be reversed.

However, it isn't all doom and gloom.

Donald Trump got off the plane from Europe and...

Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter and senior adviser, has emerged as the most vocal proponent of maintaining some level of U.S. commitment to the Paris accord.

The rest of the world is beginning to count the United States out of the climate change battle, if a recent statement after the 2017 Group of Seven (G7) summit is any indication.

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, sent a tweet in the literary style of the US president: "Trump puts his ego ahead of the future of our planet - sad!"

Fox News and CBS News soon aired similar reports.

Guterres also pledged to work with developing countries to mobilize resources to tackle the impact of climate change and strengthen efforts by small island states against "the existential threat" that global warming poses.

Asked whether Trump - who once called climate change a hoax - believes human activity is contributing to global warning, Spicer said he wasn't sure. Friends of the Earth said it would make America the world's "foremost climate villain". While it can still breathe.

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