Trump's potential exit from Paris climate agreement universally bashed

From left to right Queen Sonja of Norway King Harald V Queen Margrethe of Denmark Finnish President Sauli Niinist his wife Jenni Haukio President of Iceland Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson Johannesson's wife Eliza Jean Reid King of Sweden Carl XVI

From left to right Queen Sonja of Norway King Harald V Queen Margrethe of Denmark Finnish President Sauli Niinist his wife Jenni Haukio President of Iceland Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson Johannesson's wife Eliza Jean Reid King of Sweden Carl XVI

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that his city would uphold the Paris climate change accords, even if President Donald Trump's administration announced it would not. A dozen large groups including the oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont, Google, Intel and Microsoft, have urged Trump to remain part of the deal.

"If true, this is a reckless and foolish mistake, and our kids will pay the price", Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations. Those gases are known to trap heat and cause climate change, a concept that conservative politicians have sought to undermine and that Trump has described as a "hoax".

Aims of the Paris agreement include keeping the average global increase in temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and mitigating against the impacts of climate change.

Finnish President Sauli Niinist second from right and wife Jenni Haukio right welcome King of Norway Harald V and Queen Sonja to the Presidential palace during the visit of the Nordic heads of state in Helsinki Thursday

"The moment when Trump announces the Paris pull-out will mark the divorce of [the] U.S".

The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX tweeted Wednesday that he's done everything possible to lobby the president to keep the U.S.in the treaty.

"Will have no choice but to depart [White House] councils", Musk said on Twitter when asked what he would do if Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement.

So the country leaving the Paris accords could be seen as an worldwide declaration of the course that Trump has already set domestically.

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

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has weighed in, arguing on Tuesday that the United States should not leave the Paris Agreement.

"Many times I've made the argument that climate action actually creates jobs and creates growth, which is what the United States want, what Canada wants - it's what every country wants".

Holthaus ended his stream of tweets by asking people to "talk about" climate change in an effort to bring attention to the issue and help "preserve the habitability of the only planet we have".

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Who has signed the Paris Agreement?

The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a US 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.

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