Trump to pull out of Paris climate deal

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

A White House official confirms the president is expected to withdraw from the accord, the Associated Press reports.

Mr Trump repeatedly vowed during his election campaign he would pull the USA out of the TPP and the Paris accord. Major oil producers are also looking to the future and diversifying their economies and even Saudi Arabia has announced plans to install 700 megawatts of solar and wind power, he said.

A withdrawal would group the United States with a very different set of allies: Syria and Nicaragua are the only other countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change who have chosen not to support the Paris pact.

After taking office, Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry.

Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken United States industry.

Business leaders argued that the arrangement would not only create jobs and generate economic growth - it would help America stand tall as a global leader on the issue.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

Trump, Merkel not giving up ground
Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular. In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he agreed with Merkel that Europe needed to forge its own path.

Trump's decision to leave the agreement will surely anger many members of the global community, including world leaders, environmentalists, and even some fossil fuel companies that wouldn't mind certainty and worldwide support for emissions reductions technologies.

"The EU and China are joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy", EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said about the upcoming EU-China summit, stressing they remain committed to Paris. Estimates from think tanks and universities have put the cost of USA withdrawal at up to three billion tons of extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere every year, which could raise the global temperature by 0.1 degrees Celsius to 0.3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

She's criticizing what she says are "destructive and short-sighted" decisions by the Trump administration.

He said in the speech: "It would be very important for the United States not to leave the Paris agreement".

That fight has played out within Trump's administration in an extraordinarily public deliberation.

And during his recent foreign tour, officials said he opposed the accord, arguing that by implementing the self-determined mitigation goal, the U.S. would severely impair its manufacturing, leaving it less competitive than India and China.

Scott Pruitt, the Trump-appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, has reportedly been working with a small team to decide on the best route forward.

The company has also sent two letters to the president in support of the agreement. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad but still would like to see if emissions targets can be changed. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity. And they also want to speak with Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump's potential exit from Paris climate agreement universally bashed
So the country leaving the Paris accords could be seen as an worldwide declaration of the course that Trump has already set domestically.

A spokesman for the American Petroleum Industry, which represents USA oil and gas companies, said it had no position on the Paris agreement, but pointed out recent declines in US carbon emissions to near 30-year lows - a trend driven by increased natural gas use replacing coal. To remain in the deal, the USA must cut its emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Gutteres never mentioned the American leader by name in his speech at New York University's Stern School of Business, his first major address on climate change since taking the reins of the United Nations on January 1.

U.N. Secretary General António Guterres made a last ditch attempt to keep Trump in the agreement during a speech at New York University Tuesday night. Climate action is unstoppable.

Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, was said to be neutral on the deal, and concerned about the legal ramifications of reducing United States carbon reduction commitments below what Obama pledged.

"Donald Trump has made a historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality".

The issue of climate change and the US stance in the Paris climate accord was also pushed on Trump during the G-7 summit in Sicily last week.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling USA coal mines.

The President is working on details of the withdrawal, sources close to the decision told the news site Axios. However, given the head of the EPA, the agency charged with protecting the environment, wants out of the accord, it might be better off without USA involvement, he said.

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