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White House official says President Trump is expected to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

Trump poised to pull out of Paris climate deal – US media

"President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said".

Trump's potential decision was first reported by Axios, which said details are being worked out by a small team at the White House, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt - who has questioned the origins of climate change in the past and in March said he doubts carbon dioxide primarily contributes to global warming.

The Paris Agreement's Article 28 says any nation wanting to pull out has to wait three years from the date the agreement gained legal force, which was November 4, 2016, before seeking to leave. The agreement came into effect in November 2016.

Trump has previously called climate change "a hoax" devised by the Chinese government in order to make United States manufacturing less competitive.

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According to The New York Times, a US withdrawal could "seriously weaken global efforts to avoid drastic climate change".

Democrats quickly denounced the Trump administration's expected move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord Wednesday, calling it a political decision with grave ramifications for the well-being of the planet. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has discussed the possibility of changing the USA carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.

A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Trump did, and spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations.

Juncker, who was among the leaders Trump met with last week, suggests the USA president thinks he can withdraw from the pact immediately, but notes that it takes several years to pull out of new global treaties.

Bodansky noted, however, that Washington did not try to obstruct other nations' work on the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which obliged rich nations to cut emissions, after President George W. Bush angered US allies by deciding in 2001 not to take part.

"The U.S. traditionally has been an absolute leader on the climate agenda, certainly in the last eight years, and if they do pull out we'll have to see what other countries are prepared to step up on a leadership position on this", he said.

United States President Donald Trump was yesterday still debating whether the U.S. will withdraw from the accord.

Should the US officially withdraw from the agreement, it would be a nonparticipating nation that now includes Syria, which has been mired in civil war, and Nicaragua, which rejected the agreement because it believes the deal doesn't have enough teeth. Despite the negative effects that such an exit would have, it might be worse if the US kept a "seat at the table"-a phrase Tillerson has been fond of using-only to try to weaken emissions targets, lobby for increased global use of natural gas (which the USA produces in abundance), or simply ignore the agreement altogether".

Now the U.S.is not part of that group. Climate change is unstoppable.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Trump is "denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and. threatening our national and global security".

There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord.

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combating climate change.

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