Trump To Announce Decision On Paris Climate Accord

Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the USA emissions targets can be changed.

Bodansky noted, however, that Washington did not try to obstruct other nations' work on the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which obliged rich nations to cut emissions, after President George W. Bush angered USA allies by deciding in 2001 not to take part.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is expected to address President Donald Trump's upcoming decision on the Paris climate accord, among other topics, at a Wednesday briefing at the White House.

Worldwide leaders responded by reaffirming their commitment to the agreement, even if the USA backs away.

Trump has several options, climate experts said. Withdrawal would take effect a year after notification. "This notion, 'I am Trump, I am American, America first and I am getting out, ' that is not going to happen".

Junker spoke Wednesday in Berlin.

Trump's top aides have been divided on the accord.

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Trump met Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favored remaining in the agreement.

After taking office, however, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry. However, others on Trump's team are pushing him to withdraw, something he promised to do as a candidate.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy. The official says Trump and his aides are looking at "caveats in the language" related to the exit.

Nicaragua pushed back against the Paris accord because it thought the deal was too weak.

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 United States from the pact.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy. The deal, agreed in 2015, was referred to as a "historic turning point" at the time and was supposed to make a serious impact on climate change by 2020.

The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, referred to it as "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

Hill Democrats weren't the only ones outraged over Trump's expected decision. "In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy agenda, and threatening our national and global security".

"Depending on the stance some people or others are taking, we'll have to be very pro-active for France to be the homeland of the (fight against) climate change", the spokesman said.

The Trump administration may or may not signal the mode of withdrawal if it does, in fact, announce that it will pull out of the agreement this week.

A country can also withdraw from the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, under whose auspices the deal was negotiated.

That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.

In Madrid, the leaders of India and Spain expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implanting the Kyoto and Paris accords.

A second White House official, who was not authorized to discuss private conversations and also insisted on anonymity, said Trump had not made a final decision on how to proceed. Friends of the Earth said it would make America the world's "foremost climate villain". But Trump campaigned on a promise to nix the deal, saying it would mean stricter environmental policies that would hobble the economy and cost jobs.

While the White House has yet to make an official announcement, numerous news outlets have reported that President Donald Trump intends to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The United States committed to reducing its own by 26 to 28 percent, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025.

State and religious leaders have expressed desire for Trump to continue USA participation in the agreement.

Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Trump said he would roll back environmental protections and regulations and threatened to "cancel" the deal.

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