Trump pulling US from global climate pact, dismaying allies

Trump pulling US from global climate pact, dismaying allies

Trump pulling US from global climate pact, dismaying allies

"It is disappointing", British interior minister Amber Rudd said, reacting to reports that US President Donald Trump is set to announce his decision to withdraw from the historic climate change deal.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it. The president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout, an official said, insisting on anonymity to discuss the decision before an official announcement.

Washington insiders said on May 31 that Trump is likely to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord signed by 195 nations, further straining relations with many US allies and leaving the United States alongside Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating.

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.

During his electoral campaign, Trump called climate change "a Chinese Hoax" and insisted that he would pull the United States out of the Paris agreement.

"We have approximately 800,000 clean energy jobs in USA today", Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America said.

Polluting industries such as oil and coal are highly automated and are unlikely to embark on a major hiring spree even if the United States dropped out of the Paris agreement, experts say.

China, which overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007, and the European Union will seek on Friday to save the Paris agreement.

The US administration under Trump - who once called climate change a Chinese "hoax" - has resisted intense pressure from US partners to respect the global accord. They said the deal would require the United States government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which would hurt business.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, speaking to reporters during a visit to Berlin, said fighting global warming was a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility". "Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would endanger America's leadership on the world stage, our national security, our booming clean energy economy, and the safe and healthy future we all want for our children".

The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries.

(File) US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw US involvement in the Paris Agreement. He is expected to withdraw from the landmark agreement, according to two senior US officials familiar with his plans.

It could hurt efforts to fight climate change.

But because the a major contributor to such emissions, a USA withdrawal from the agreement would hamper those goals. Here to explain is Joanna Lewis, an associate professor of science, technology, and global affairs at Georgetown University, who has written widely about China's role in climate change and is author of "Green Innovation in China". More than 150 businesses in the USA already have pledged to reduce their carbon emissions, increase low-carbon investments and invest in sustainable practices.

Democratic U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed wrote a letter urging Trump not to withdraw.

In 2015, it released 5.1 million kilotons of carbon dioxide, more than all 28 European Union countries combined, and makes up nearly a sixth of all global emissions.

"No one should be left behind, but the EU and China have made a decision to move forward", Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner who has led climate talks with Beijing, said of the Paris accord.

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