Donald Trump urged not to abandon climate change deal

Posted June 02, 2017

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview Sunday, assuring that Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

Trump is expected to withdraw from the agreement, but told reporters Wednesday he'll announce a final decision soon.

If the loss of Musk wasn't bad enough, the Trump administration also stands to lose the endorsement of LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, who was quoted as saying of the President: "By trying to elevate his own TV ratings through "America First" ideology, he is breaking our alliances and global leadership".

No matter what changes other countries made in their positions, China would follow its green, sustainable development concept, strengthening measures to deal with climate change and would conscientiously follow the Paris agreement, Hua said. He said it happens even during clear weather because of rising sea levels.

America has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26-28% of 2005 levels, about 1.6 billion tonnes.

The White House has offered no on-the-record guidance on the president's schedule over the next few days, and even the background guidance is unspecific, so its hard to know whom he'll be speaking to or even where he will be physically.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways".

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also urged Trump not to pull out of the climate deal.

Some executives from coal companies have weighed in, arguing the USA should stay in with reduced emissions cuts targets, with an eye toward ensuring that Washington keeps some influence over the future of the global energy mix. And now, after Trump refused to ratify the Paris Accord at the disastrous G7 meeting in Italy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe could no longer trust the U.S., adding that, "We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands".

On the other side, Scott Pruitt, chief of the Environmental Agency (EPA) and Trump's adviser Steve Bannon have expressed their support for a USA exit from the deal, signed by Barack Obama in 2015.

A USA pullout could have sweeping implications.

The US is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, responsible for 15 per cent of all emissions.

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

This week President Donald J. Trump may decide to yank the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

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

The European Union and China are working on a joint declaration reaffirming their commitment to climate and energy policy and the implementation of the Paris agreement, according to an EU official with knowledge of the plans.

USA allies rallied behind the Paris accord on Wednesday.

The landmark agreement was signed in Paris in late 2015 and some 147 countries have now ratified the deal which seeks to reduce global warning by committing to keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius and reviewing each country's commitments every five years.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the Americans were adopting a "cold shoulder" towards the Commission, the EU executive body which negotiates trade on behalf of the whole bloc.

On Thursday, Martin Schulz, Merkel's main rival in 2017's German elections, also chimed in, saying that Germany would need to re-evaluate its business relationship with the United States should Trump pull the USA out of the program.