EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump

President Trump has already told close friends and confidants of his plans to withdraw from the climate deal, and he has also discussed with senior White House staff attempting to renegotiate the Paris climate protocols on reducing greenhouse gas emissions - with an eye to making them less onerous to USA industry.

As Donald Trump nears a final decision on the Paris climate agreement, top corporate executives are mounting a last-minute push aimed at persuading the president that the USA has more to lose from abandoning the accord. A host of big companies have urged Trump to reconsider withdrawing.

Trump took to social media to announce that his decision on the Paris agreement was imminent. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense on the question of staying or leaving, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways" but promising a decision "very soon".

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

She says no one government can stop the momentum toward tackling climate change, adding that Canada will continue "marching on". Only developed countries are expected to slash their emissions in absolute terms. All countries must report on their efforts to reduce their emissions. The Paris accord was negotiated by President Barack Obama in 2015.

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

"The downside.is that if they (the United States) are recalcitrant they are sitting at the table, able to obstruct or stall the process", she said.

The decision to leave would deal a heavy blow to the agreement, as the United States is the second-largest carbon dioxide producer behind China, and the deal hinges on the willingness of large countries to reduce emissions.

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

The Paris Agreement's Article 28 says any nation wanting to pull out has to wait three years from the date the agreement gained legal force, which was November 4, 2016, before seeking to leave. These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors overseas such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions - conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence. At that level, scientists believe the worst effects of climate change can be avoided. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said this would be disappointing.

"You can't do it if we're signatories to this thing because we become the targets", he continued.

"The U.S. pulling out of Paris will not stop the fight against global warming, since nearly all other countries are committed to it", said German climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf.

The White House had previously indicated that Trump could simply recalibrate emissions targets.

But Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp, an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal.

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said: "Amidst the series of ill-informed and autocratic policies that Trump has enacted since coming to power, his decision to pull out of the Paris accord stands out as the one that will have the most long-term and disastrous consequences for the world".

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

Pulling the United States from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question U.S. leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues. Do you support the US exiting the Paris Accord? For him, a withdrawal might be a way of making good on his pledge to put "America First", ahead of worldwide obligations negotiated by his predecessors.

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