Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal -Axios report

G7 split on climate change Merkel ‘dissatisfied

G7 split on climate change Merkel ‘dissatisfied

A US decision to withdraw from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues.

Since taking office on January 20, however, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, on climate change but also on the wider issue of the United States' role in the world and their relation to multilateralism.

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The Sierra Club said a US withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake".

"This would be the absolute cornerstone of that, of really ending what Donald Trump says hurts the American economy - that all of these restrictions put in place to combat climate change are damaging the economy of America".

The Paris Agreement, which went into effect last November, is a global plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and achieve related climate goals, beginning in 2020.

Global leaders began reacting to the reports of Trump's plans.

Trump has not said which way he is leaning, but United States media have reported that a pullout was likely.

Peace in the Middle East: Instead of criticizing the Saudi regime or encouraging a more democratic way of governing, Trump was decidedly diplomatic: "We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship".

Aides to Trump said he was listening with an open mind to the other leaders' arguments about Paris, but had yet to decide whether to withdraw the USA from the pact.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said a USA withdrawal would be a big setback, adding that "we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop".

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax", Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord. The president has seemingly always been skeptical of the science behind climate change, something the vast majority of the scientific community agrees on.

The decision to withdraw from the climate accord was influenced by a letter from 22 Republican U.S. senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for an exit, Axios reported.

The US is the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China.

"Climate change is literally an existential threat, and even if the federal government decides to back out of the Paris climate agreement, L.A. will not be dissuaded or distracted from our responsibility to reduce our climate pollution and show that we can thrive as a city by investing in sustainability", he said.

China, India, Canada and the European Union have said they will stick by the deal, even if the United States pulls out. Trump going against the deal.

Trump aides including Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, lawyer Don McGahn and Peter Navarro, along with EPA chief Pruitt, argued hard for leaving the accord.

Whether Trump will stay in the deal - a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy - has been a looming question of his nascent presidency.

Now, according to Axios, we can add a third-the United States.

Major companies supported the agreement as well. On his recent trip overseas, Trump was pressured by European allies to stay a part of the accord.

This report contains material from Reuters.

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