Trump is pulling United States out of Paris climate change deal, reports say

Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord, according to a White House official. Trump tweeted Wednesday as reports emerged about his decision to withdraw.

The terms under which the US would pull out of the accord are still being determined: A formal withdrawal from the agreement could take up to three years, while exiting the United Nations climate treaty that made way for the overarching Paris agreement would be more immediate. But the official said there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final. However, the decision was delayed till the G7 meeting in Sicily, Italy. Still, Trump declined to sign on to a joint statement endorsing the deal following the G-7 summit last week and in the days that followed many leaders distanced themselves from Trump and their country's historic ties to the U.S. All countries will be required to take some action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, regardless of economic development, by 2020.

Some of Trump's aides have been searching for a middle ground - perhaps by renegotiating the terms of the agreement - in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal and those warning that a USA exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide US leadership.

The only two countries not now supporting the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.

For all its symbolic importance, the decision may have little practical effect on US carbon emissions. While a shift of focus back onto fossil fuels will undoubtedly provide jobs growth in the short-term, whether the president believes in climate change or not, the future of energy is in renewables. A shift away from coal to cleaner-burning and cheaper natural gas in recent years has cut U.S. carbon emissions to near 30-year lows, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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

The Paris Agreement aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100 with an ideal target of keeping temperature rise below 1.5°C (2.7°F).

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There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord. And at the same time they have offered him the diplomatic leeway to weaken the US commitment to fighting climate change. A pullout also would be one more step by the Republican president to erase the legacy of his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord and praised it during a trip to Europe this month.

A USA pullout would be disappointing, but the European Union stands ready to take global leadership on the issue, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in Brussels.

But Ivanka Trump, the President's top aide and daughter, pressed aides to look at the full picture when considering what withdrawal could mean. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people both ways", Trump told reporters as he welcomed Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the White House.

The deal gave countries-and government officials-the freedom to set their own voluntary targets and to revise them as they saw fit. But the president is doing his best to maintain suspense.

"This is what I experienced in the last few days".

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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