UN chief urges action on climate change as Trump debates

Sarasota Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan wants President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change document officially ratified a year ago by the US and 194 other signatories.

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new U.S. leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May). Juncker's comments came the same day a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the climate pact.

Climate change is unstoppable. A Sino-European compact is one option mooted to adopt the role of leader at climate negotiations.

The news of Trump's supposed snub drew swift rebukes from the United Nations and allied countries including Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter, saying only, "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

As President Trump considers whether to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, he must contemplate a number of warnings about how such decision could hurt America and climate action on a global scale.

Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas.

The decision, which will be announced this week, would put the United States at odds with almost every other nation on earth, who signed onto the 2015 carbon reduction plan. It is thus, not surprising, that many private corporations, including major oil and gas companies have adopted climate action.

Pruitt, in an interview last month, had said that the USA should "exit" the Paris Agreement. Withdrawal would allow Trump to fulfill a campaign pledge and may appeal to supporters of his inward-looking "America First" platform.

The agreement was reached by almost 200 countries in 2015, the first global climate accord to include that many nations.

The President's decision comes after months of internal debate and speculation about what Trump, who campaigned on leaving the deal, would do once he took office.

"The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the USA pulls out".

It could hurt efforts to fight climate change.

Trump is expected to make an announcement on it this week.

Perhaps he should? The Paris Agreement is a pledge by practically every country on the planet to reduce greenhouse gasses. To forestall catastrophe, the 195-nation Paris accord lays out a series of voluntary goals set by each nation.

The White House did not publicly confirm the reports and it was unclear whether Trump would fully scrap USA participation or merely water down U.S. emissions objectives.

And Sweden's Climate Minister Isabella Lovin says "it would be deeply regrettable" if the United States decides to pull out of a landmark global climate agreement, adding "it is also contrary to what we expect from the USA leadership when humanity faces major challenges".

Juncker said: "If the USA president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".

Earlier, a group of 22 Republican Senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a letter urged Trump to withdraw from the agreement.

The US committed to reducing carbon emissions by 26-28% in a decade in signing onto the agreement.

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