Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

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05 June, 2017

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in 2015, aims to cut emissions blamed for global warming.

"Then, we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop", Mr Sipila said.

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward". That means the US would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election.

A formal withdrawal would take years, experts say, a situation that led the president of the European Commission to speak dismissively of Trump on Wednesday.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favor of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart. "Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. That means the US could stay in the accord and choose not to hit its goals or stay in the pact but adjust its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. So even if the USA were to withdraw from the accord, many said the U.S.is not likely to stop reducing its carbon pollution.

If Trump decides to withdraw the United States from the global climate accord, it would be seen as a win for chief strategist Steve Bannon and those aligned with him who have urged the president to pull out of the landmark agreement.

Guterres issued the warning after calling on world leaders to adhere to the agreement in his first major speech on climate change as secretary general.

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He also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth. The Sierra Club said a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake".

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of US participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a unsafe temperature threshold.

While a 2-degree shift wouldn't be noticeable during the course of a day, it would represent a historic change for the Earth as a whole that's faster than any change in the climate since the last ice age ended some 10,000 years ago.

"The loss of US finance would be the biggest headache, and of course the symbolism is not good", said Michael Grubb, a professor at University College London who has advised the European Union on climate policy.

Trump thinks that the climate change was something invented by the Chinese to stop United States companies from making a lot of money. Instead, it's catalyzed support for the deal.

In Congress, 40 Democratic senators sent Trump a letter saying withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

The White House had signaled earlier in the week that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions. The decision has no direct impact on major US regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.

Canada, the European Union, and China have said they will honour their commitments to the pact even if the United States withdraws.

A U.S. withdrawal would remove the world's second-largest emitter and almost 18 per cent of the globe's present-day emissions from the agreement, presenting a severe challenge to its structure and raising questions about whether it would weaken the commitments of other nations. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.


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