Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

Trump expected to leave climate deal _ but with 'caveats'

"When the president has a decision, he will make that announcement, and he will make it clear what the basis of that is".

Paris Agreement aims to put in place a new technology framework and enhanced capacity-building, supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

The United States, under former President Barack Obama, had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

"Details on just how exactly the USA will be withdrawing are still being worked out by a team that includes EPA administrator Scott Pruitt", CBS News reported.

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While President Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

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2pm The Vatican, which backs the Paris climate change deal, would see a USA exit as a slap in the face and a "disaster for everyone", a senior official said on Thursday.

He said withdrawing from the accord for the United States won't be easy and will take years. A source told Reuters that India had also indicated it would stick by the deal.

Mr Trump vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster United States oil and coal industries. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police USA carbon emissions.

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Analysis by the Climate Interactive team said if the USA dropped out of the Paris Agreement and took no action, global temperatures could rise 0.3 degrees higher compared to if they stayed. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.

He was to meet later Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has favored remaining in the agreement.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who met with Mr Trump on Tuesday, has overtly advocated quitting a deal he judges "bad" for the US.

That fight has played out within Trump's administration.

But Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp, an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal.

Pope Francis and several world leaders have also pressured Trump to ensure his permanence in the Paris deal.

But Trump has insisted that the accord costs the USA economy trillions of dollars and thousands of jobs, while producing few tangible benefits.

"Climate change is a global challenge".

Russian Federation also said it would stick to its climate commitments, but said the Paris agreement would be affected by a U.S. pullout.

While China needs the EU's technical know-how to fight the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change.

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