President Trump to withdraw USA from Paris accord, reports say


Responding to news reports that President Donald Trump has chose to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris climate agreement, Gov.

The president hasn't made his decision official, but this is what the change would mean. It was the first legally-binding global climate deal.

It's the Unites States that would have the most to lose if it were to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, said Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

Scharper says that previous administrations' resistance to installing meaningful climate change policy, including the Bush administration and the early days of the Obama administration, groups in concerned bodies within the USA have not historically relied on the federal government to participate.

The Guardian reports environmental activist and author Bill McKibben as saying it would be "an incredibly stupid decision" if Trump pulls out of the climate agreement.

Advocates of the climate deal pressured Trump, who has changed his mind on large decisions before even after signaling a move in the opposite direction.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who Trump considered for secretary of state, said on Twitter that affirmation of the Paris agreement "is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader".

President Barack Obama committed America to a goal of lowering emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

On Wednesday, Exxon shareholders voted to require the company to produce an annual report examining how the oil and gas giant will be impacted by efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions directed by the Paris agreement. Apple boasts of running its US operations on 100 percent renewable energy.

His remarks at New York University's Stern School of Business came at a time when the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which almost 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In it the US had agreed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by 2025 when compared to levels in 2005 - about 1.6 billion tons. In addition, states like California have pledged to pick up the slack if Trump withdraws by instituting their own environmental restrictions.

Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey said the Paris agreement committed almost every country to the task of reducing emissions. Lucas Kemp, a lecturer of environmental policy at Australian National University says in a commentary published inNature Climate Change, that having the USA remain in the agreement would only reveal its weaknesses. But the Alliance of Small Island States says the endangered islands will seek other "genuine and durable partners" if the USA withdraws.

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"With the United States out of that, we're one of the dominant emitters".

The European Union and China indicated they would press ahead with the deal, regardless of United States participation. While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, while senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed. By pulling out, he said, it would cease to be a leader in fighting climate change.

Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

After taking office, however, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, worldwide powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared that abandoning the Paris climate agreement would be a victory for the American economy.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways", Trump said as he met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Paris deal was signed by over 200 countries in 2015 as a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Language for the withdrawal was still being prepared Wednesday, and will likely include specific legal conditions crafted by Trump's administration.

Canada, China, the European Union member states and other countries whose efforts to limit global warming are crucial have pledged to remain true to their commitments.

"Continued U.S. participation in the agreement benefits U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy in many ways", the companies argue.

USA coal company shares slumped alongside renewable energy stocks.