Climate pact waits on Trump

Lucy Bush
June 2, 2017

Trump has already moved to dismantle Obama-era climate change regulations, including the U.S. Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing emissions from main coal-fired power plants.

In a jibe at the USA administration, Juncker told the audience at an event of the Confederation of German Employers in Berlin that "not everything that is written in global agreements is fake news". The United States is the world's second largest emitter of carbon, after China, so its commitment was crucial.

Reports of the impending move by the American president triggered statements of support for the climate accord from scores of world leaders.

Every nation involved in the talks, except Syria and Nicaragua, signed onto the deal.

The official told reporters that the European Union and China will also "spell out" how they plan to meet their commitments to the landmark worldwide accord to fight global warming at talks in Brussels on Friday.

European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted: "Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse". Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement. Climate change is unstoppable.

"I believe there's climate change".

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However, Beijing 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 of USA dollars in massive wind and solar projects.

"Germany and in China, what they're doing is offering transition for folks who are working in traditional fossil fuels - and, in fact, China now leads the world in solar and wind", she points out. China generates about 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, compared to about 13 percent in the U.S.

"I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden". Trump is expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon.

"Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities".

Trump has maintained that the standards under the deal are unfair and would reduce job growth, as well as wages while increasing utility costs in the U.S. Trump said the U.S. economy would falter while other countries will flourish while expanding their GDPs.

Those countries, including the USA, collectively account for the vast majority of the world's greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

During his campaign, Trump pledged to leave the global climate pact brokered by the Obama administration in 2015 because he said it would damage the US economy and cost jobs.

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Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favour of the climate accord.

Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", he said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated during a press conference Wednesday that pleas for the president to stay in Paris aren't guaranteed influence.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk joined the bevy of voices including those of Apple CEO Tim Cook and leaders at 25 other businesses, including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, that hope to persuade Trump from withdrawing from the USA commitment to reducing carbon emissions in an effort to stave off global warming.

Earlier yesterday, a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the deal, but added that there could be "caveats".

Still, he said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and said that, if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

"Those who want to export their goods and services to our market also have to accept our standards", he said.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said it is "downright un-American for a president to abdicate American leadership to the great challenges facing our planet".

Other reports by Info About Network

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