Trump to pull USA out of Paris climate accord: Axios

America's worldwide allies and Trump's domestic opponents lashed out Wednesday at media reports that he had made up his mind to pull the United States out of the global accord to curb carbon emissions, a move that would make the deal less effective.

He has repeatedly promised to strengthen the coal industry.

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

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

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".

Judy Wakhungu, Kenya's cabinet secretary for environment and natural resources, said her government would be "very disappointed" by a US withdrawal and hoped it could be reversed.

While Trump and Pence have suggested the possibility of renegotiating the agreement, the leaders of Italy, Germany and France have said that won't happen. They include Apple, Google and Walmart.

Niklas Hoehne of Germany's New Climate Institute said a US pullout could corrode the resolve of other nations, perhaps including hydrocarbon powers Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

Leaving the deal would fulfil a central campaign pledge, but would anger worldwide allies who spent years in hard negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to withdraw the USA from the pact immediately after taking office, but had wavered on the issue since winning the election.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented.

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He also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth.

The agreement has been criticised as far too cautious to hold back the rise in temperatures by more than a fraction of what is needed - but its defenders say its enrolment of nearly all the world's governments makes it crucial.

Trump thinks that the climate change was something invented by the Chinese to stop USA companies from making a lot of money.

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of USA participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a risky temperature threshold.

The Paris decision has deeply divided the Administration, with internationalists, such as Tillerson, arguing that it would be beneficial to the United States to remain part of negotiations and worldwide meetings surrounding the agreement, as a matter of leverage and influence.

During a trip to Europe this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations.

The Sierra Club's executive director, Michael Brune, called the expected move a "historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality". Supporters of the deal say it's not an either-or choice.

Canada, the European Union and China have said they will honour their commitments to the pact if the United States withdraws.

When asked on Tuesday whether Trump believes human activity is contributing to climate change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, "Honestly, I haven't asked him that". He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.

Without mentioning the US specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

That leaves Trump with two clear choices: withdraw from Paris or revise the USA pledge downward to something more realistic in light of domestic policies, but nonetheless stay in the accord.

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