Jun 03 2017 by Desiree Burns
World leaders repeatedly pressed Trump on the issue during his recent trip to Europe, as did Pope Francis, who gave the president his papal encyclical on climate change when they met in the Vatican.
In a fierce rejoinder from across the globe, leaders of other nations and scientists pointed to jobs that could be created in green technology and the edge China could be given as a result.
"Canada is going to show leadership with China and the European Union and we certainly hope the USA will be joining us", McKenna said. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewable energy.
Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Zinke was appearing at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska with Sen.
The upcoming decision is a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the US economy and Trump's energy agenda, and a defeat for moderates like Trump's daughter Ivanka, who feared that withdrawing would damage USA relations overseas.
"The falling cost of renewables is one of the most encouraging stories on the planet today", he said.
"I strongly encourage the president to remain in the Paris climate accord", Buchanan said in a statement Tuesday.
Conway made similar remarks in an interview on Fox News, citing "fairness" to American workers and businesses.
That's according to multiple congressional officials and others briefed by the White House on the decision.
"Commitments so far could still see temperatures rise by 3 degrees or more", he warned.
That's what Trump says in a tweet, and he adds: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the US for agreeing to the terms". He said the US would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favorable terms.
In the question-and-answer session that followed, Guterres stated plainly that it's important for the United States to not leave the Paris agreement.
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While Trump now favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.
Now the U.S.is not part of that group.
The announcement fulfills one of Trump's top campaign pledges.
Some northern European countries are criticizing the USA for its expected withdrawal from the Paris climate accords. But he was also breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.
The U.S. had agreed under former President Barack Obama to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons. To forestall catastrophe, the 195-nation Paris accord lays out a series of voluntary goals set by each nation.
Almost 200 nations, including the United States under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.
"While it may be hoped that the good work being done on USA emissions reductions by states, cities, businesses, and individuals will continue, the reduction of federal support for [research and development] on clean and efficient energy, the abandonment or weakening of federal regulations aimed at reducing emissions, and the (continuing) refusal to put a price on carbon emissions, despite the recommendations of leading Republicans from past administrations, will make it extremely hard to meet the emissions-reduction targets to which the United States committed itself in Paris", John Holdren, Obama's former science and technology adviser and now a professor at Harvard University, said in an email.
Weeks after the Trump administration moved to cut funding to a United Nations -administered fund to help poorer countries build up clean energy infrastructure, China stepped in.
Trump should follow through on his commitment and withdraw from an agreement that would do nothing to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.
He said he will strengthen North-South, South-South and other partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement.
The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, referred to it as "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had urged Trump to stay in the Paris deal, did not attend the ceremony, nor did Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, both close advisers to the president who supported staying in the agreement. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
The U.S.is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.
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