China vows to work with EU to uphold Paris pact

Bracing for Donald Trump’s decision on whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord environmental groups and states opposed to a withdrawal are publicly ramping up their arguments

Bracing for Donald Trump’s decision on whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord environmental groups and states opposed to a withdrawal are publicly ramping up their arguments

The White House did not confirm the reports, while Trump restated that his decision would be announced this week.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, offered only that "I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways". But if the American President was to say in the coming hours that he wants to exit the Paris Accord, then it is our duty to say: 'You can't do that'.

The possibility Mr Trump - who has previously described climate change as a hoax by the Chinese - could pull out within days was labelled disastrous and as putting the USA on "the wrong side of history" in some quarters.

"At such a critical juncture in the worldwide fight against the worst impacts of the climate crisis, global leaders should be refusing to enter into trade negotiations with the United States as a proportionate response to this supremely reckless act of climate vandalism".

It already doesn't look like the countries who've gone all in on reducing emissions are on track.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump dismissed the scientific consensus that rising temperatures are caused primarily by fossil fuels like coal and oil.

Under Obama, Washington had pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In the absence of federal action to address climate change, some left-leaning states such as California and NY are moving ahead with ambitious clean-energy policies of their own.

A White House official told the Associated Press there might be "caveats in the language" regarding the withdrawal from the accord, leaving open the possibility that the withdrawal may not be final and permanent.

Musk said: "I've done all I can to advise directly" to Trump and through others in the White House.

Musk reportedly has used his access to Trump to push for a carbon tax, which would incentivise companies to use energy sources that emit less carbon.

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A U.S. pullout could have sweeping implications.

This wouldn't only be because of the perception or the potential climate impact of the USA becoming the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, she said.

But other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favour staying in the treaty.

"If the United States leaves the framework convention, the U.S. will become a rogue state", says Bangladeshi climate expert Saleemul Huq.

Not even those who work with the president know what the ultimate decision will be, despite the news today that Trump plans to pull out of the agreement - but that could be good news for those who believe the US should remain in the accord.

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

"We need a framework like that to address the challenge of climate change, the risk of climate change", Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil, said Wednesday.

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. "Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details".

Li stressed that it was in China's own interest to stick to the climate deal.

The EU-China summit follows a tense worldwide tour by US President Donald Trump in which he spurned pleas by his European counterparts to adhere to the deal. "Or understanding the economic costs of it", she said.

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