Trump Set To Pull U.S. Out Of Paris Climate Deal

He had promised during his presidential campaign to pull the USA out of the deal.

Axios, Politico and the Associated Press reported that anonymous sources said Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt would work out details of the withdrawal from the agreement.

No formal resolution has yet been reached, with the president himself tweeting on Wednesday, "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

The precise mechanism for withdrawal hasn't yet been determined, but Trump has made clear he plans to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw.

Trump who has previously called global warming a hoax, refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday, saying he needed more time to decide.

Mr Trump is meeting secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who has favoured remaining in the deal, while chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, and senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the U.S. emissions targets can be changed.

On Trump's recent trip overseas, numerous world leaders and Pope Francis entreated the United States to stay in the deal.

Gernot Wagner, an economist at Harvard University, said it was disappointing but not surprising that Trump wants to leave the deal.

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German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said: "I can only reiterate the well-known position that the German government unequivocally supports the Paris climate agreement and is campaigning for it to be quickly implemented and hopes the US remains committed to this agreement". He tweeted Wednesday that he has "done all [he] can to advise directly to [Trump]", through White House officials and advisory councils, to remain in the accord.

Musk said last week that he talked to Trump about the Paris climate agreement, the 2015 accord in which most nations committed to reducing emissions to fight climate change.

The news from the White House led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, G7 leaders - including Germany, Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and Italy - urged him to keep America in on the agreement.

Scientists say that Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the US retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. The vast majority of climate scientists agree the Earth is warming due to an increase in greenhouse gases. Business leaders, including others in technology, have urged Trump to reconsider.

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

Also last week, a letter from at least 22 Republican senators urged the president to pull out of the deal.

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